This project will emphasize and dissect the processes of knowledge production against ‘extractivism’ including mineral, biomass and forest fuel extraction, and towards transformative sustainability from the ground up, based on the assumption that therein lies the greatest potential for action and agency for dealing with environmental and social crises today.
This project is testing the idea that ‘all hazards’ approaches to building resilience will be more effective if placed within the particular historical and cultural contexts that land use and human settlement patterns were established. Looking at this across centuries, can demonstrate how risk to natural hazards like storms and volcanoes is created and disaster risk management responses evolve.
CoCooR analyses the impacts of REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) on conflict and cooperation in developing countries through application of an environmental justice lens in case studies in Mexico, Nepal and Vietnam.
The IMPACTS project aims to enhance understandings of the social impacts of protected areas, and the ways they in turn influence ecological outcomes, in order to inform more socially and environmentally sustainable governance.
This research project funded by ESPA follows on from previous studies, and will review existing knowledge to ask how agricultural intensification shapes the changing trade-offs between land use, ecosystem services and poverty alleviation.
The project focuses on a critical but under-researched theme in studies of forced displacement: the processes through which people forced from their homes by conflict can commonly become exposed to heightened risk from environmental hazards in the places where they resettle. Effectively, such people exchange one form of catastrophic risk for another, often with little real choice in the process.
The research project focuses on justice politics in the timber and wood furniture global production networks originating in Ghana, Indonesia and Vietnam and ending in Europe. ProdJus will improve understanding of how collective action can address critical challenges in an increasingly globalised world.
This project investigates how REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) influences access to and control over forests through case studies in Indonesia and Vietnam.
This research funded by ESRC/DFID examines the international politics of justice surrounding REDD+ Safeguards and international water law in Sudan, Nepal and Uganda, exploring the extent to which international carbon forestry and hydropower policies serve to support poor people's claims to sustainable livelihoods and supporting civil society organisations involved in environmental mobilisations through novel forms of engagement.
U-RES examines the current state of urbanisation in Africa and how this aligns with the projected increasing risks from climate change. U-RES will conduct case studies of urban governance around Durban South Africa, and in Isiolo Kenya, which will provide insights into how this can be modified to better take into account the needs of marginalised groups.
This research aims to find the answer to a fundamental question: why should ecosystem services (ES) be used for poverty alleviation? This project has the potential to provide a step-change in how poverty and the governance of ES are conceptualised, and in turn, how related trade-offs (human wellbeing vs. non-human nature; current vs. future generations; the poor vs. the greater good of all humans) may be resolved.
The project aims to provide policymakers and practitioners with the information, analysis and tools they need to implement policies and projects for adaptation to climate change and reduction of carbon emissions in the forests of the Congo Basin
This research explores the consequences of climate change and climate variability in the Niger River Basin for human security and the risk of conflict.
We provide research on social impacts, governance and equitable benefit sharing to a project led by the Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative.
This project is conducting research in Bolivia, China, Tanzania and Venezuela looking at divergence and convergence between different stakeholders' conceptions of justice and fairness, as a basis for understanding conservation conflicts and cooperation.
This ESPA-funded project brings together academics and practitioners to respond to international policy targets for protected areas to be managed equitably by developing an appropriate framework and validating it through fieldwork at three sites and a workshop with regional practitioners in East Africa.
Through field research in north-eastern Laos, this ESPA-funded project seeks to develop practical research methods which help to reconcile the conservation of globally-important biodiversity with the needs and wants of local populations.
Under this ESRC-funded project Thomas Sikor has teamed up with RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests to engage policy-makers, forestry experts and the public in Vietnam
The research examines the politics of use and control of the Hasbani and other Upper Jordan River tributaries, between Lebanon, Syria and Israel.
This research seeks to identify concrete mechanisms that distribute REDD+ benefits in an equitable manner, facilitate forest people's participation in REDD+ governance, and provide recognition to their particular histories, identities and visions.
This project develops a novel conceptual framework to inform research on the linkages between ecosystem services and poverty alleviation.
This project will explore how social relationships shape the structure of agricultural biodiversity, with a particular emphasis on how these networks shape access.
This research programme focuses on the role of non-state actors in multilateral climate diplomacy as well as non-state governance in the transnational arena.
This project examines the wide range of actors, interests and ideas that are influencing the operationalisation of REDD+ in reference to conceptions of just forest governance and other goals.
This project stems from policy work and intensive study of farmers' coping strategies following disaster, and the impacts of emergency interventions on farmers and their systems of seed provision and biodiversity management
This research is based on a conservation project, which examines the potential for Payments for Ecosystem Services to balance conservation and development objectives
REDEGN examines the effects of global environmental norms on poverty alleviation in the Global South through explorations of forests and water in Nepal, Sudan and Uganda.
The research examined livelihoods trajectories in eastern Orissa since 1999, the socio-political and environmental dimensions that have helped shape them, and examine how these translate into the ‘ongoing vulnerability' of coastal communities
This project seeks to develop our theorization of climate justice with reference to an empirical study examining how NGOs in the UK and Australia conceptualize climate justice.
This research programme, which entails study both of human behaviour and institutional policy and practice in relation to the health risks from environmental hazards, in the context of climate change.
The work considers the different options for supply of water to Gaza