Victoria Maguire-Rajpaul

PhD Candidate in Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford

Victoria’s sustainable agriculture research is at the nexus of food security, climate change adaptation, poverty, political ecology, and the geographies of commodities. She is concerned with land use governance, sustaining rural livelihoods, and farmers’ adaptive capacity in the face of climate shocks. Her research on sustainable agriculture in the tropics focuses on how food and forest challenges can be resiliently met with the least cost to human suffering, biodiversity, ecosystem health, and tree cover.

Her PhD focuses on the commodity crop of cocoa – specifically on the ecological limits of intensifying production of this agroforestry crop and community-level adaptation to droughts. She is pursuing her PhD with a larger socio-ecological project on smallholder agroforestry: ECOLIMITS. For her MPhil, she researched the merits and efficacy of certification on Brazilian coffee cultivation, as well as sustainable governance of cattle grazing to spare the Brazilian Amazon rainforest.

She received a BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Sociology and a MA in Economic Sociology (both First Class Honours from Trinity College Dublin), then founded and ran social enterprises in Côte d’Ivoire and Mozambique. She has researched at the London School of Economics, the Swedish International Development Agency, and for CCAFS (Climate Change, Agriculture, & Food Security).


  • –present
    DPhil Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford