Dr Nunan's main area of interest is concerned with the environment and development, particularly in renewable natural resource governance and livelihoods in the Global South. She rejoined IDD in September 2008, after spending five years in East Africa, working on two fisheries co-management projects, funded by the UK Department for International Development and the EU; she previously worked at IDD between 1994 and 2002 as a Research Associate and Lecturer.
Dr Nunan was appointed as Head of the department in 2014 and was previously the Director of Postgraduate Research and the Director of Postgraduate Taught Admissions for IDD. She leads on the new Environment, Sustainability and Politics pathway of the MSc International Development, working closely with colleagues in the Political Science and International Studies Department.
Her first book was published in 2015 by Routledge, 'Understanding Poverty and the Environment: Analytical Frameworks and Approaches'. The book makes an innovative contribution to literature on environment and development by bringing together a diverse range of analytical approaches and frameworks that can be used to study human-nature interactions.
Dr Nunan has served on the Council of the UK Development Studies Association since 2010 and convenes the DSA Study Group on Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change.