Guy Crawford

Guy Crawford


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Academic Background

Back in 2010, I was awarded a BA Hons in Sociology from the University of Sussex. I then went on to obtain an MRes in Human Geography and a PhD in Geography from Lancaster University. Both these postgraduate degrees explored forms of environmental compensation schemes, known as "biodiversity offsetting". My MRes drew upon ideas from cultural political economy to examine conflicting discourses around the development of such a scheme in England. Subsequently, based on around 18 months fieldwork, my doctoral thesis adopted a politcal ecology approach to make sense of the Colombian Government's attempts to offset the environmental impacts of extractivist-led development. 


Like many graduates who came of age in the fallout of the 2008 North Atlantic financial crisis, I've sold my labour-power in a host of low-paid, insecure, and temporary paid positions. This included time spent working as a Gardener, Labourer, Chef, Usher, English Tutor, Events Assistant, Delivery Rider, and Assistant in an online book shop. 

My career in the sphere of academia began as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Development Studies, where (between 2011 and 2013) I contributed to several research projects in what was called the Climate Change Team and then in the Centre for Tax and Development. 

During my PhD studies at Lancaster University, I gained teaching experience contributing to several undergraduate course modules for geography students studying within the Lancaster Environment Centre. After submitting my thesis in late 2020, I worked briefly as an Access Tutor for the University of Oxford's OxNet programme, which seeks to support A-Level students from underrepresented communities gain access to high-ranking UK universities through the provision of courses of study. Later in 2021, I carried out further work as a Research Assistant; this time at the University of Leeds on a project exploring forms of green and inclusive innovation. 

I joined the University of East Anglia's School of International Development as a Teaching Fellow in Geography and International Development in September 2021. 

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Political ecology, cultural political economy, environmental governance, the green economy, market-based environmental policy, for-profit conservation, state theory. 

Key Responsibilities

For the 2021/2022 year, I am Convenor for the 2nd-year undergraduate module DEV-5010B Geographies of Development. I will also be contributing to DEV-4007B Introduction to Human Geography, DEV-5024B Field Course, and DEV-3011A Global Challenges 1. 



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action