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Key Areas of Interest: Social development, development in fragile states.
Current research/work: Deputy Head of DFID's Civil Society Department - DFID's central department for policy, funding and relationships with civil society organisations.
Jan 2010 - present, Deputy Head Civil Society Department, DFID (based in Scotland)
June 2008 - December 2009, Senior Social Development Adviser/Results Team Leader, DFID DRC (Kinshasa)
May 2006 - May 2008 Social Development Adviser, DFID DRC (Kinshasa)
February 2002 - April 2006 Programme Director CARE South Africa-Lesotho (Johannesburg)
December 1999 - February 2002 Social Development Adviser/Team Leader
CARE Uganda (Kasese)
March 2006 - August 2009 Research Associate International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED, London)
October 2002 - March 2006 PhD UCL (field work in Malawi)
Abbot, J.I.O 1996. Commercial versus Domestic use of woody resources within Lake Malawi National Park: implications for sustainable management of miombo woodland. In Woodlands and Welfare in Africa:Miombo woodlands in transition. Edited by B. M. Campbell. CIFOR.
Abbot, J. & Guijt, I. 1997. Methodological Complementarity: Creativity and Compromise. PLA Notes 28. London: IIED
Abbot, J., Chambers, R., de Merode, E., Dunn, C., Harris, T., Porter,G., Townsend, J., & Weiner, D. 1998. Participatory GIS: opportunity or oxymoron? PLA Notes 33. London: IIED,.
Abbot, J. & Guijt, I. 1998. Changing Views on Change: Participatory Approaches to Monitoring the Environment. SARL Programme Discussion Paper No. 2, IIED: London.
Carnegie, J., Roos, M., Madolo, M., Moahloli, C. & Abbot, J. 1998. The rocky road towards sustainable livelihoods: policy and land reform in the Free State, South Africa. Gatekeeper Series 79: London: IIED.
Abbot, J.I.O. & Mace, R. 1999. Managing protected woodlands: fuelwood collection and law enforcement in Lake Malawi National Park. Conservation Biology 13 (2) 418 - 421.
Abbot, J.I.O. & Homewood, K. 1999. A history of change: causes of miombo woodland decline in a protected area in Malawi. Journal of Applied Ecology 36 422-433.
Abbot, J., Neba, S.E., & Khen, M.W. 1999. "Turning our eyes from the forest": the role of the Livelihoods Programme at Kilum-Ijim Forest Project, Cameroon, in changing attitudes and behaviour towards forest use and conservation. Report to BirdLife International.
Abbot, J. 1999. Beyond tools and methods: reviewing developments in participatory learning and action. Environment and Urbanisation 11 (1) 96-98. London: IIED.
Abbot, J., Roberts, S. and Robins, N. 1999. Who benefits? A social assessment of environmentally-driven trade. London: IIED.
Abbot, J. et al. 2001. Understanding the links between conservation and development in the Bamenda Highlands, Cameroon. World Development 29(7) 1115-1136
Abbot, J. et al 2001. Promoting partnerships: managing wildlife resources in Central and West Africa. Evaluating Eden Series No. 4. London: IIED.
Abbot, J. 2002. Lesotho's food crisis - balancing humanitarian and development responses to food shocks. Paper commissioned by Southern African Regional Poverty Network SARPN.
Goldman, I and Abbot, J. 2004. Overview: Decentralisation and participatory planning. Guest editors of special edition of PLA Notes, Decentralisation and community based planning, Number 49 IIED.
Goldman, I, Carnegie, J and Abbot, J. 2004. Linking the community to local government: action research in four African countries. PLA Notes 49 Decentralisation and community based planning, IIED.
Biran, A., Abbot, J. and Mace, R. 2004. Families and fuelwood: a comparative analysis of the costs and benefits of children in fuelwood collection and use in two rural African communities. Human Ecology 32 1-25.
Abbot, J. 2005. Out of the woodland, into the fire: fuelwood and livelihoods within and beyond Lake Malawi National Park. In: Rural Resources and Local Livelihoods in Africa. Edited by K. Homewood. James Currey Publishers, London.
Abbot, J & Waterhouse, R. 2007 (ed). Vulnerability in the DRC: key aspects, causes and policy implications. UPPE, Kinshasa.