Environmental, urban and agrarian change
Significant changes are occurring in the relationships between rural and urban areas, particularly when combined with the increasing impact of climate change.
We look into the sustainable use of natural resources and the political economy of their management in developing countries. We examine the effects of urbanisation, global flows of capital investment and diversification of markets. We study the impact of climate change and the potential role of new technology in altering the possibilities of natural resource use
The challenges of urban development are increasingly being recognised. We are addressing some of the most pressing urban themes, including the impact of climate change and violence, the changing nature of informality, and the needs of Africa’s young people.
Further work on environmental themes has focussed on the politics of environmental narratives, particularly the underlying conceptualisation of valuation of different natural phenomena as ‘resources’ and how these impinge on the negotiation of access and use among corporations, communities and governments.
Studying African Farmer-led Irrigation
This research project, funded by ESRC–DFID, brings together a team of social science researchers and irrigation scientists from the UK, Europe and Africa.
Institutions for urban poor’s access to ecosystem services
A comparison of green and water structures in Bangladesh and Tanzania.
Joanne Jordan's research into the implications of land tenure for responding to climate change in Dhaka
Tomas Frederiksen's research into global governance and development impacts of the extractive sector in Africa.
- Farm Scale and Viability: an assessment of black economic empowerment in sugar production in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa
- Resilience Assessment Benchmarking and Impact Toolkit (RABIT)
- Community and institutional responses to the challenges facing poor urban people in Bangladesh in an era of climate change
- Institutions for urban poor’s access to ecosystem services: a comparison of green and water structures in Bangladesh and Tanzania