I am a forest scientist who has researched sustainable development policy in many developing countries. I am independent, but with roles in several organisations. I chair the DFID-NERC-ESRC research programme, Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation, which supports 1000 scientists in over 50 developing countries. As Senior Associate at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and as consultant to the World Bank, I try to link poverty and environment institutions in developing countries. As co-founder of the Green Economy Coalition, I have been running national dialogues in several countries on what kinds of economic governance are needed to handle increasingly tough choices.
I’ve previously been Chief Environment Adviser at DFID, IUCN Project Manager for Southern Africa, and Warren Weaver Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation. I’ve also managed to publish several books over the years on sustainable development, environmental mainstreaming, and forest management.