My research broadly concerns people’s relationship with the natural environment. I am interested in the social dimensions of nature conservation, how environmental policy and interventions impact on rural people's lives and the implications for social justice and sustainability. I have a particular interest in pastoralist and agro-pastoralist systems. My doctoral research was on the Tibetan Plateau where I explored the relationship between religion and the environment in the context of Chinese state environmental policies and transformations to the rural economy. More recently, I have conducted fieldwork on the rangelands of Tanzania to study the impacts of payment based conservation projects on human wellbeing and the impacts of mobile phone use on social networks and vulnerability to environmental shocks. I draw upon approaches from natural science and social anthropology and I work with people across disciplines and sectors with the aim of informing policy and practice.