I am a PhD Candidate looking at how land ownership and tenure arrangements influence levels of mammal defauntation caused by illegal hunting in Sub-Saharan Africa. I am interested in how geospatial technologies and geo-coded data can advance conservation efforts for illegally hunted species and how empirically grounded scientific data can help to dechiper which conservation strategies are best employed across different land ownership arrangements. The research is greatly influenced by the work of Elinor Ostrom and theories surrounding governing the commons, a strong element of the research focuses on how institutional arrangements affect the governance of common pool resources.
I was previously based as a Visiting Research Scholar at the Policy Analysis and Public Affairs division of the UNODC in Vienna, Austria where I was conducting a piece of research on the use of remote sensing technologies to combat wildlife and forest crime in Southern and Eastern Africa. Please find a link to the research results and survey below:
In June (2016) I presented this piece of research at a conference titled "Space Technology and Applications for Wildlife Management and Protecting Biodiversity" organised by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (my sponsors) and the Government of the Republic of Kenya. This meeting was supported by the European Space Agency and hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya. This research formed my MSc thesis. Prior to working with the UNODC I was based at ICRAF in Nairobi were I was assisting with a piece of research on Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) projects for The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). I have a MSc in Sustainable Development & GIS from Uppsala Univeristy (Sweden) and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna. Since finishing my studies I have been working with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ- The German Development Agency) in Brussels, Belgium. I will embark on my doctoral studies from September 2017 in the UK and I am currenly looking for research grants and specialists working on similar projects to collaborate with and share ideas. Please get in touch if you know of any applicable funding sources or relevant grant calls or if you would like to discuss related research projects.