Professor Bhaskar Vira

Professor of Political Economy
Department of Geography

Role: Project lead, Project team member


I am trained as an economist, and work on the political economy of environment and development. I supervise a group of doctoral research students working in the Society, Environment and Development Research Cluster in the Department of Geography. I am particularly interested in incentives for natural resource use and management, state-society interactions over natural resources, and multi-stakeholder partnerships for natural resource management. My research has been supported by, among others, the Wellcome Trust, the Nuffield Foundation and NERC-ESRC-DFID’s Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme. I was a coordinating lead author for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the UK National Ecosystem Assessment.