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Born in 1964 in the UK
1985. MSc. Agriculture and Forest Science, Oxford University
2000. PhD. Social Anthropology, University College London.
2000-current. Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology, UCL.
Independent consultant specialising in monitoring and evaluation of natural resource management and rural development projects.
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2007 – with Sunderland, T., M.Balinga, and S. Asaha. The utilization and management of African rattans: What prospects for livelihood improvement & sustainability? Forests, Trees and Livelihoods. (in press).
2007 – with Sunderland, T., Asaha, S. A methodology for assessing rural livelihood strategies in West/Central Africa: lessons from the field. (Article submitted to Ecological and Environmental Anthropology).
2006 – with Sunderland, T, M.Balinga, S. Asaha The utilization and management of African rattans: What prospects for livelihood improvement & sustainability? Paper for INBAR’s International Workshop on the Sustainable Development of the Global Rattan Sector, Beijing, 23-27 July 2006
2003 –Land tenure and its implications for rattan cultivation in Cross River State, Nigeria. African Rattan Research Programme Briefing Note No.2.
2003 – Land tenure and its implications for rattan cultivation in Ghana’s Western Region African Rattan Research Programme Briefing Note No.3.
2002 – Changing perspectives on forests, people and ‘development’: reflections on the case of the Korup forest. IDS Bulletin 33 1
2002 – Land tenure and its implications for rattan cultivation in Southwest Province Cameroon. African Rattan Research Programme Briefing Note No.1.
2001 – Cross-border trade of non-timber forest products from the Korup Forest Area, Southwest Cameroon. European Tropical Forest Research Network News No. 32 Winter 2000/2001.
2001- Opportunities and Constraints for Community-Based Forest Management: findings from the Korup Forest, Southwest Province, Cameroon. ODI Rural Development Forestry Network Paper 25g. London: Overseas Development Institute.
1999 - Community management of non-wood forest resources: a case study from the Korup Forest, Cameroon. In T. Sunderland, L.E. Clark and P. Vantomme (eds.) Non-Wood Forest products of Central Africa: Current Research Issues and Prospects for Conservation and Development. Rome: FAO.
1993 - Harmony and Conflict Between NTFP Use and Conservation in Korup National Park
ODI Rural Development Forestry Network Paper 15c. London: Overseas Development Institute.
Ruth has studied how the use of forest resources relates to the livelihood strategies of rural forest dwellers in the humid forest zone of West and Central Africa, through longitudinal field studies. She has also evaluated the impacts of forest conservation and development projects on local people.
Ruth’s current research interests include:
· Evaluating the impacts of tropical forest conservation and development projects, particularly in relation to their impacts on the livelihoods of local people. She has been involved in monitoring and evaluating projects in Cameroon, Indonesia and Guyana whose development interventions include eco- and research tourism, bioprospecting, participatory natural resource management, agroforestry and the development of fair trade farm products.
· Local natural resource management and use, the social and economic significance of forest products and how natural resource management can contribute to more secure livelihoods in a changing climate.
She currently works as an independent consultant carrying out consultancies in capacity-building and monitoring and evaluation of natural resource management projects. She has recently been employed by the Commonwealth Secretariat to evaluate the Iwokrama rainforest project in Guyana and by the UK government’s Environment Agency to advise them on making sustainable choices of tropical timber species for marine and freshwater construction projects.
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