Professor of Political Ecology, Lancaster University from 2017 and Principal Fellow, University of Melbourne.
I study environment and development issues in developing countries, and environmental policy/bicycle policy in western countries. Studied geography in UK and USA, and then 24 years teaching in the UK, USA, Denmark, Belgium and Australia.
Fieldwork has included studies of sustainable rural development and drought mitigation and adaptation in Burkina Faso, West Africa (1992-3, 2001): rural livelihoods and land degradation in Niger (1995-7); land and livelihoods in East Timor (2005-9); social issues around mine sites in New Caledonia (2011-13). Also advocacy and research on urban cycling policy (or lack of) in London, Brussels and Melbourne since 1995.


  • 2004–present
    Lecturer to Associate Professor , University of Melbourne
  • 2017–present
    Professor of Political Ecology, Lancaster University
  • 2008–2012
    Director, Office for Environmental Programs, University of Melbourne
  • 1993–2004
    lecturer or assistant professor, Brunel Univ., then Univ of Colorado, then the LSE, then Univ. of Arizona USA


  • 1997 
    Clark University, USA, PhD, geography/environmental management
  • 1990 
    Clark University, USA, MA, Geography
  • 1985 
    University of Reading, UK, BA Hons, Geography


  • 2017

Research Areas

  • Studies In Human Society (16)
  • Human Geography (1604)
  • Environmental Science And Management (0502)
  • Environmental Politics (160605)


James Martin Fellow, University of Oxford, 2007-8. Visiting Professor, Roskilde University 2002. Visiting Fellow, Brussels Centre for Urban studies, VUB, 2015.