Johan Oldekop (Principal Investigator) is an environmental biologist working increasingly as a social scientists. He has worked on decentralization and poverty alleviation policies, and the link between natural resource management and social and environmental outcomes in several countries. He has ongoing research projects in various biodiversity hotspots and is increasingly interested in the use of publicly available datasets to understand tradeoffs and synergies between conservation and development outcomes. He is a Lecturer in Conservation and Development and recently completed a European Union Marie Curie fellowship at the International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) research network (the University of Michigan).
Cecilie Dyngeland (PhD Student in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences – supervised with Karl Evans) joined the University of Sheffield in 2014 and her current work focuses on assessing the impact of food security and poverty alleviation policies in Brazil. She studied European and then International Development at University College Cork and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). After her studies, Cecilie volunteered in Central America, spending 5 months in El Salvador. She has also worked as a Norwegian Peace Corp Participant in Tanzania, participating in research projects dealing with rural development, innovative agricultural practices and sustainable resource management. Her research interests follow along the same lines of improving rural peoples’ and small-scale farmers’ livelihoods and environmental conditions through sustainable natural resource management. Cecilie co-manages a blog about various project activities in a community in Tanzania.
Bowy den Braber (PhD Student in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences – supervised with Karl Evans) joined the University of Sheffield in 2015. His PhD project focuses on the social and environmental outcomes of protected areas in the Tropics and Sub-tropics. He obtained his Undergraduate and Masters degree from the University of Wageningen. Prior to joining the research group, Bowy worked as a consultant for PAX, the European Union’s Joint Research Centre and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. He has also worked with Frontier and has spent time doing research in the field in Ecuador, the Philippines and Cambodia.
Arun Agrawal (School of Natural Resources and Environment, The University of Michigan)
Karl Evans (Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, The University of Sheffield)
Lorenza Fontana (Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University)
Reem Hajjar (Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University)
George Holmes (School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds)
Richard Preziosi (Faculty of Life Sciences, The University of Manchester)
Katharine Sims (Department of Economics, Amherst College)
Mark Whittingham (School of Biology, Newcastle University)