SIID are pleased to announce that three of our staff members, Drs. Chasca Twyman, Johan Oldekop and Jojo Nem Singh, have been awarded an ESRC Research Seminars Series grant to fund workshops on the theme: “Interdisciplinary Exchanges: Natural resource management in the 21st century”

This two-year seminar series will aim to identify and address current theoretical and methodological gaps in interdisciplinary socio-ecological research related to natural resource management and conservation in developing countries.

The series will be hosted by three research institutes focusing on natural research management and sustainability (the Sheffield Institute for International Development, Leed’s Sustainability Research Institute and the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability) and enable established researchers to disseminate existing research to new audiences, facilitate development of new research agendas, engage non-academics in the process of research innovation, and develop a new cohort of young researchers who can deliver a interdisciplinary research agenda.

Building on the complementary expertise of the core team, this series will cover five inter-related themes:

1. community-based NRM,
2. food security, poverty and biodiversity,
3. local adaptations to climate change,
4. payment for ecosystem services
5. natural resource extraction and environmental conflicts

For more information about the series, please contact Chasca Twyman ( or Johan Oldekop (