I am a Geographer, and hold the Moran Chair of Conservation and Development. My research addresses the synergies and tensions between development and conservation, and especially the notion that development might be ‘sustainable’. I am particularly interested in how conservationists think, and how conservation organizations operate. I approach these questions from the perspectives of political ecology and environmental history. My current projects include: 1) the institutional politics of large-scale conservation and restoration; and 2) the implications for conservation of ideas of naturalness and novelty, especially in the context of advances in synthetic biology. I am also working on a fourth edition of my book Green Development: environment and sustainability in a developing world (Routledge, 2009).