See http://www.simonbatterbury.net for up to date cv, publications, student information. From 2017 I am the inaugural Professor of Political Ecology, Lancaster University UK (www.lancaster.ac.uk/lec) and Principal Fellow at Melbourne, based there part of the year.I studied geography in the UK and USA, and have moved around a fair bit and also had some fellowships. Most recently I was at Cosmopolis, VUB, Brussels (visiting researcher, 2015)
I specialise in the interdisciplinary analysis of environment and development issues - mainly in developing countries. Understanding how farmers in dryland Africa adapted to harsh environmental and socio-political constraints and used 'development' projects as part of this. I refocused on the Asia-Pacific region, with research in East Timor (on land and custom) and New Caledonia (on social and environmental history and mining on Grande Terre).
Research projects have been carried out with a host of collaborators and students and with several research grants. Most can be grouped under the rubric of "political ecology" and are made relevant to policymakers and activists. In Australia and the UK I have worked with environmental and development organisations and NGOs, set up a bicycle advocacy organisation in London, and organised many conferences and workshops.
From 2008-2012 I was Director of Melbourne's taught postgrad Master of Environment, (www.environment.unimelb.edu.au). I teach political ecology; development evaluation; and African society, environments and culture. PhD and Masters students: http://www.simonbatterbury.net and publications at http:www.simonbatterbury.net/pubs.