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Oliver’s primary research interest is the political economy / political ecology of forest governance reform in developing countries. He mainly focuses on issues of: 1) democratisation, policy and reform rights reform and the associated political empowerment of forest users, 2) livelihood development and poverty alleviation at the forest – agricultural interface, and 3) integrated biodiversity management in forest management.
These interests have been developed through leading a range of research projects with partners across Asia region , particularly India, Nepal and Burma/Myanmar. He is co-author/editor, with Piers Blaikie, of ‘Forests, People and Power’ (Earthscan 2007)
Oliver has also worked as a forest and environmental policy advisor on donor-funded projects in India and currently Burma / Myanmar
Oliver is the coordinator of the Burma/ Myanmar Development Research Network:
Websites of projects Oliver has led or been involved in:
The Political Ecology of Forest Ecosystem Services (2011-13)
Community Forestry in Myanmar / Burma (2010-11)
Improving Institutions for Pro-Poor Growth (2005-10)
Strengthening pro-poor wetland conservation using integrated wetland assessment (2005-2008)
Participatory Forest Management in India and Nepal (2002-2006)
Institutionalising Participatory Integrated Forest Management in Nepal (2002-2005)
CV and Experience
Key Research Interests
Forest and natural resource governance, rights tenure and institutions, livelihoods and poverty, participation, biodiversity management, political ecology, political economy, India, Nepal, Cambodia, Tanzania.
Research Groups: Global Environmental Justice; Politics, Governance and the State
Areas of Expertise
I am currently supervising the following research students:
- Shankar Dahal; ‘Use it or lose it! Integration of Local Knowledge in Management of Medicinal Plants in the Hills of Nepal: A Case Study from the Sankhuwasabha District, Koshi Hills, Eastern Development Region of Nepal’.
- Hari Dhungana; ‘Forest Resources and Social Justice: A Case Study of the Policies and Practices of Forest Resources Management in Nepal’.
- Peter O’Hara; 'Beyond the ‘community’ in community forestry: Exploring and challenging the roles and constructs of professionals through deliberative processes'.
Oliver has a BSc in Economics and Economic and Social History from the University of Wales (1989), an MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics (1991) and a Ph.D from the Geography Department of SOAS (2001)
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development 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):
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"Mother File" -- NO VALUE ATTACHED -- DFID Wealth Creation Framework Agreement: Lot B Rural Economic Development, Livelihoods and Natural Resource Management
Ellis, F., Few, R., Martin, A., Sikor, T., Springate-Baginski, O. & Zeitoun, M.
Department for International Development
30/04/13 → 29/04/15
Integrating Forest Conservation and Food Security in Upland Burma (Myanmar) - Scoping Award
1/06/12 → 8/06/12
"Mother file" - NO VALUE ATTACHED - Forest Governance, Markets and Climate Services Framework
Springate-Baginski, O., Corbera Elizalde, E., Martin, A., Schroeder, H. & Sikor, T.
Department for International Development
3/05/12 → 2/05/15
Defending Shan State's customary tenure systems from below through collective action researchSpringate-Baginski, O. & Kamoon, M., 5 Mar 2021, In: The Journal of Peasant Studies. 48, 3, p. 541-559 19 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile3 Citations (Scopus)2 Downloads (Pure)
Sowing the seeds of sustainable rural livelihoods? An assessment of Participatory Forest Management through REDD+ in TanzaniaCorbera, E., Martin, A., Springate-Baginski, O. & Villaseñor, A., Sep 2020, In: Land Use Policy. 97, 102962.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile10 Citations (Scopus)82 Downloads (Pure)
Political transition and emergent forest-conservation issues in MyanmarPrescott, G. W., Sutherland, W. J., Aguirre, D., Baird, M., Bowman, V., Brunner, J., Connette, G. M., Cosier, M., Dapice, D., De Alban, J. D. T., Diment, A., Fogerite, J., Fox, J., Hlaing, W., Htun, S., Hurd, J., LaJeunesse Connette, K., Lasmana, F., Lim, C. L., Lynam, A. & 29 others, , Dec 2017, In: Conservation Biology. 31, 6, p. 1257–1270
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile41 Citations (Scopus)13 Downloads (Pure)
Resisting Rights: Forest Bureaucracy and the Tenure Transition in IndiaSpringate-Baginski, O., Sarin, M. & Reddy, M. G., 1 Mar 2013, In: Small-scale Forestry. 12, 1, p. 107-124 18 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review20 Citations (Scopus)
Issues related to implementation of the forest rights act in Andhra PradeshReddy, M. G., Anil Kumar, K., Trinadha Rao, P. & Springate-Baginski, O., 30 Apr 2011, In: Economic and Political Weekly. 46, 18, p. 73-81 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review › peer-review23 Citations (Scopus)