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Assistant Professor in International Development, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Peter Howson is a Researcher in International Development at Northumbria, where he leads the MSc in International Development.

I'm interested in the innovation agendas of conservation and international development organisations. And how innovation is often used as camouflage for pinching stuff from poor people. I also consider how these same technologies are deployed to enable more equitable post-capitalist futures.

My current projects include analysis of the ‘blue belt’ network of marine protection measures in the UK Overseas Territories. I'm also looking at how cryptocurrencies and carbon trading are coming together to make trees more valuable standing than cut down..

Before joining Northumbria, Pete was a Lecturer in International Development at Nottingham Trent University. In 2016 he was a Post-doc Researcher at Colorado State University, looking at Palau’s National Marine Sanctuary. Before that, he was based at University of Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand. My PhD research explored the political ecology of climate finance in Indonesia.


  • 2018–present
    Assistant Professor, Northumbria University, Newcastle


  • 2016 
    Victoria University Wellington, PhD - Geography