Prof. Frances Cleaver


  • Professor in Human Geography, Department of Geography and Theme Lead - Natural Resources and Rural Livelihoods
  • Tel: 0114 222 7962
  • Email: F.Cleaver@Sheffield.ac.uk
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Frances’ research connects three themes:

  • Institutions: developing a social science theoretical approach to understanding how institutions (particularly for natural resource management) work.
  • Water governance: scrutinising the nature of policies, how they travel and their impacts for distribution and access to water.
  • Livelihoods: understanding the gendered everyday politics of livelihoods, access to services and resources, the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion.

Working from an inter-disciplinary base in international development studies Frances is interested in how improved understandings of these issues can inform interventions for progressive social change.

In her work she draws on experience of jobs in planning and service delivery (for the Ministry of Health in Zimbabwe) as well as academic posts in a variety of universities (Zimbabwe, Bradford, School of Oriental and African Studies, King’s College London and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences). She joined Sheffield as Professor of Human Geography (Geographies of the Global South) in November 2015.

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