I take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding conservation, and my work draws on international politics, geography and sociology. I am interested in debates on global environmental governance, especially the roles of international NGOs and international treaties. I am particularly interested in how global environmental management plays out on the ground, how it is contested, challenged and resisted. I also work on the politics of tourism, especially ecotourism, and I think it is important to place it in the wider context of the international system; this allows us to trace the underlying links between tourism and global capitalism. Following this, I am keen to understand the multiple ways that conservation organisations are responding to the global financial crisis.
I currently hold a European Research Council Advanced Investigator Award (EUR 1.8 million); the project is BIOSEC - Biodiversity and Security: understanding environmental crime, illegal wildlife trade and threat finance. More information on our https://biosecproject.org
I joined Sheffield in 2016