I work at the Institute for Development Policy and Management in the University of Manchester where I am Professor of Conservation and Development. I trained as an anthropologist at UCL, where I wrote my PhD under Kathy Homewood’s supervision, and then worked at the Geography Departments of the Universities of Cambridge (on a post-doc with Bill Adams) and Oxford before moving to Manchester.
Most of my research has been in Tanzania but I have also worked in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and India and have conducted global overviews of the social impacts of protected areas, media and conservation and continental-wide examinations of the work of conservation NGOs in sub-Saharan Africa.
I am happiest conducting long term field research in remote areas of East Africa but also learn much from studying organizations and the occasional plush fundraising event. My books are: Fortress Conservation (2002), Nature Unbound (With Rosaleen Duffy and Jim Igoe, 2008) and Celebrity and the Environment (2009).