I am an environmental socio-economist interested in various social aspects of environmental management including evaluation of welfare impacts of environmental policies, institutional arrangements underpinning the delivery and commodification of environmental services, and rights and equity issues in relation to indigenous natural resource management.
My current research focuses on conservation conflicts which are often rooted in the divergences of different stakeholders’ wants and needs and are exacerbated by uncertainties at various levels of the natural system and decision-making processes. My interests lie in understanding the trade-offs and synergies between different stakeholders’ interests and preferences by bringing together social-ecological management scenarios, behavioural economic games and deliberative approaches.
My PhD research (2013-2016) assessed the local welfare costs of conservation restrictions limiting the clearance of forests for swidden agriculture in the eastern rainforests of Madagascar. I combined carefully-designed quantitative valuation techniques (stated choice experiments) with qualitative debriefing approaches to investigate the trade-offs that poor rural farmers would make between compensation schemes and different forest use scenarios. I was involved in the socio-economic work package of the ESPA-funded project, p4ges which aimed to address how international ecosystem service payment schemes can most effectively reduce poverty in low income countries.
My MSc thesis (2012) used the lens of political ecology and recent theoretical work on territorialisation in nature conservation to analyse the causes and effects of land use conflicts induced by the REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from forest Degradation and Deforestation) global climate change mitigation policy in Tanzania.