Natural Resources and Rural Livelihoods

Understanding the complex relationships between people and the natural world is vital to making decisions about how best to manage our natural resources, and how to make this management fair and equitable between countries and across society. In recent decades there has been an increasing focus on bringing environment and development together in ‘win-win’ scenarios. Particularly as many of the poorest and most vulnerable groups within society are dependent upon natural resources for their livelihoods, the relationships between environment and society are critical to making decisions for socially and environmentally just development.

Researchers within this theme focus on a range of issues, including climate change (particularly policies to address and human capacity to adapt to environmental change), environmental governance and natural resource management and their implications for developmental states. Working across the environment-development nexus, our research is interdisciplinary and draws on insights from around the world, but with a consistent focus on the social, cultural and political contexts that surround people’s relationships with the natural world and how it is managed.

For more information please contact Frances Cleaver on f.cleaver@sheffield.ac.uk

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