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Climate, Forests & Development

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I hold an SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Department of Geography, University of Calgary. I research and teach the political ecology of environment and development broadly, and specifically the intersections of climate change, forests and development. Combining insights from political ecology with other aspects of critical geography, I ask how particular programmes to govern the forest-climate-development interface are assembled in specific places and with what effects. I have conducted extensive research on REDD+ and carbon offsetting in Nigeria (to a lesser extent in Ghana). I continue to investigate the ways in which forests are being mobilized (or not) in climate politics broadly and in various initiatives including REDD+, carbon offsetting schemes and the so-called Natural Climate Solutions. I am also developing a new project on the politics of forest fires and carbon in Alberta and British Columbia.

Previously, I held a Postdoc Research Fellowship in Global Environmental Politics at the Department of Politics, University of Sheffield. And prior to this, I was senior teaching fellow at SOAS University of London and King’s College London. I have a PhD in Human Geography from King’s College London, an MSc in Environment and Development from King’s College London (with distinction) and a BSc in Forestry from the University of Ibadan (with first class).