I am a Postdoctoral Research Officer in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography at Bangor University, working on the ESPA-funded project P4ges. I am also associated with ForestAction Nepal as a Research Fellow, and with the Centre for Ecology Law and Policy (CELP) in the UK as a Research Associate.
I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Forest Resource Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Umeå between Sep 2011-Sep 2013, where I was involved in the study of the forest commons in Sweden, focusing particularly on the shareholder participation in the governance of the commons. Prior to my work in Sweden, I was a researcher at ForestAction, Nepal from April to August 2011. Until March 2011, I was a Research Associate in Environment Department at the University of York, UK. At York, I was involved in EU sixth framework project on ‘sustainable management of shea (Vitellaria paradoxa) in Sudano-Sahelian zone’, and worked as the leader for the workpackage looking at the shea parkland dynamics in relation to climate and land use. Prior to that, I was a PhD student/researcher at York (2005-2009) – based jointly in Environment and Politics Departments. I have a Masters degree from Simon Fraser University in Canada in Resources Management, and a BSc in Environment, Economics and Ecology from the University of York, UK.
My PhD research focussed on the tree tenure issues in agroforestry parklands in West Africa, with a case study from Northern Ghana. My research interests are in socioeconomic aspects of natural resources management and use, especially on the institutional arrangements and their impacts on the access to and the distribution of benefits from the resources. The focus of my work is usually on the poverty-environment-livelihoods nexus. In the past, I’ve been involved in studies looking at leasehold forestry (Nepal), and rhino conservation and park-people conflicts (Nepal).