Professor of International Politics, University of Sheffield

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

Experience

  • 2001–present
    Professor, University of Sheffield

Education

  • 1996 
    University of Lancaster, PhD

Publications

  • 2011
    Capitalism and Conservation, Wiley
  • 2010
    Nature Crime: How We're Getting Conservation Wrong, Yale University Press
  • 2008
    Nature Unbound, Earthscan
  • 2003
    The Ethics of Tourism Development, Routledge
  • 2002
    A Trip Too Far, Earthscan
  • 2000
    Killing for Conservation, James Currey/Indiana University Press

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    BIOSEC: Biodiversity and Security
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    ERC
  • 2015
    Leverhulme Visiting Professorship
    Role:
    Co-PI
    Funding Source:
    Leverhulme Trust
  • 2007
    Neoliberalising Nature
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    ESRC
  • 2004
    Global Environmental Governance and Local Resistances
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    ESRC
  • 2000
    The Geopolitics of Bioergions
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    ESRC

Professional Memberships

  • British International Studies Association