University of Cambridge: Political Ecology of Development Group, Department of Geography

The Political Ecology of Development group is one of five research clusters in the Department of Geography in Cambridge. The PED group includes four academic staff, a number of Senior Associates, and 15-20 Ph.D. Students. The research of the group concerns institutions and natural resource management, environmental governance and policy and the politics and human ecology of ecosystem management. Geographically, research is focused in the Third World, particularly in: South Asia (especially India), the Pacific (especially Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea) and Sub-Saharan Africa (especially Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda). Current research includes studies of: The history of conservation, particularly in Africa. Poverty and conservation, and the social impacts of conservation policy. The importance of institutions in the management of natural resources, particularly forests and wildlife in India, Melanesia, Ethiopia and Eastern Africa. Rural livelihoods, social capital and resource governance, particularly in India and Ethiopia. The importance of social constructions of nature for wildlife conservation. The management of tropical forests, especially Joint Forest management in India, logging and agroforestry in Melanesia. The PED group’s members are linked closely with research in a number of other departments, particularly in Zoology and African Studies and through the Cambridge Environmental Initiative (CEI).