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Prof Daniel Brockington - personal details

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Role: Professor in Conservation and Development




I am a Professor of Conservation and Development at the School of Environment, Education and Development (at the Institute for Development Policy and Management) at the University of Manchester. I trained as an anthropologist at UCL, where I wrote my PhD under Kathy Homewood’s supervision, and then worked at the Geography Departments of the Universities of Cambridge (on a post-doc with Bill Adams) and Oxford before moving to Manchester. Most of my research has been in Tanzania, where I have worked on livelihood change, natural resource governance, microfinance and institutional performance.  But I have also worked in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and India. My broader interests include work on global overviews of the social impacts of protected areas, media and conservation and continental-wide examinations of the work of conservation NGOs in sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently I have worked on celebrity and development based largely on work in the UK. I am happiest conducting long term field research in remote areas of East Africa (I am on sabbatical in Tanzania from July 2012 until August 2013 for that purpose) but I also learn much from studying organizations and the occasional plush fundraising event. My books are: Fortress Conservation (2002), Nature Unbound (With Rosaleen Duffy and Jim Igoe, 2008),  Celebrity and the Environment (2009) and Celebrity Advocacy and International Development (2014).