Staff Profile:Dr Andrew Ainslie

Dr Andrew Ainslie
Job Title:
Associate Professor

Programme Director: MSc Environment and Development

Teaching: Module Convenor for

  • IDM099: Global Environmental Change, Justice and Development (MSc level, 20 credits)
  • AP2ID2: Approaches to Development (Part 2, 20 credits, taught with Prof. Liz Robinson)
  • APMA108: Livestock, Livelihoods and Food Security (MSc level, 10 credits, online only distance learning module).
  • And contribute to teaching on
    IDM095: Theories and Practices of Development

Other Responsibilities:

  • Admissions Lead, doctoral applications to International Development group
  • Assessor, APD Research Ethics Committee
  • Convenor, Monday lunchtime International Development research seminars
  • Academic member, UoR Environmental Management Review Group
  • UCU (Union) representative for APD
  • MSc dissertation supervisor to 6 to 8 MSc students per year
  • Co-developer of the free, open online course 'Our Hungry Planet'

I am currently a Co-I on the HyCRISTAL project, which is part of the Future Climate for Africa research programme, a DFID/NERC-funded programme. I am engaged in research around Lake Victoria in the Central Region, Uganda. See

I also have long-term ethnographic research interests in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.

Research Interests:

  • System-wide drivers of agrarian change and ecosystem resilience;
  • Governance, including the role of 'traditional' institutions in managing land, livestock and environmental resources;
  • Scientific/agricultural/local knowledge systems and interfaces, modes of learning and innovation;
  • Food in/security, livelihood analysis and research into inequality and global poverty eradication;
  • The global food system and agricultural commodity/value chains, particularly related to the global beef value chain;
  • Economic anthropology and contested (inter)cultural interpretations of value;
  • Critical perspectives on international development theory and practice;
  • Global migration flows and rural-urban mobilities;
  • Qualitative research methods, research ethics and interdisciplinarity;
  • Technology-enhanced methods of teaching and learning, in the context of the increasingly marketised HE sector.

Postgraduate supervision:

I am interested to discuss proposals from prospective doctoral students in any of the areas mentioned above, particularly but not exclusively in relation to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Current PhD supervision: (as First supervisor)

  • Atenchong Talleh Nkobou, 'Political economy of large-scale land investments and the right to adequate food in Tanzania.' Commonwealth Scholarship recipient. Registered in Oct 2016. (co-supervised with Prof. Rosa Freedman).
  • Shahrina Rahman, 'Social Resilience and Adaptation to Climate change: The voice of Disabled people in Bangladesh.' Registered in Oct 2017. (co-supervised with Ruth Evans).
  • Anastasia Ngenyi, 'Land-use planning, alternative livelihoods and current approach to biodiversity conservation in the Congo basin, Africa.' Registered in Oct 2018. (co-supervised with Prof. Chuks Okereke).
  • Chimkanma Wigwe, 'Stakeholders' efforts toward developing artisanal fish farmers' resilience to oil spillage in Rivers State, Nigeria.' Commonwealth Scholarship recipient. Registered in Oct 2018. (co-supervised with Prof. Chittur Srinivasan).

(And as Second supervisor):

  • Heather Maggs, 'On the subject of donkeys (in China and Ghana).' - with Prof. Richard Bennett.
  • Africa Bauza, 'Towards Just Climate Futures: Embracing islanders' hopes and aspirations in the context of climate-related migration (in the Maldives).' - with Alex Arnall.
  • Christopher Mweembe, 'Cash Transfers, Social exclusion and Inequality in social protection programmes in Zimbabwe.' - with Prof. Eleanor Fisher.

Completed PhD students:

  • Sam Poskitt, 'Investigating the benefits of Participatory Scenario Planning for tackling social-ecological problems.' (First supervisor, co-supervised with Dr. Kerry Waylen at the James Hutton Institute). Joint ESRC and James Hutton Institute scholarships. Sam graduated in Jul 2018.
  • Joana vaz da Sousa, 'People-wildlife interactions in Guinea-Bissau.' (second supervisor, co-supervision with Prof. Kate Hill at Oxford Brookes University). Joana graduated in March 2015.
  • David Enibe, 'Breadfruit and development in south eastern Nigeria' (second supervisor, co-supervision with Peter Dorward). David graduated in Dec 2017.
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Key facts:

I trained as a social anthropologist. My specialism is in understanding change in agrarian environments and specifically in livestock systems. I conduct research that is most often at the interface between different knowledge systems. I read for a BSocSc (Honours) with distinction and an MSocSc (both Rhodes University) with distinction, and in 2005 I completed a PhD in Social Anthropology (University College London), having earlier won a Commonwealth Scholarship. In 2012, I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE) with distinction from Oxford Brookes University.

Starting in 1994, I have worked as a researcher in a university context, for a parastatal agricultural institution, and for a development NGO. In 2009, I conducted fieldwork research into indigenous veterinary practices in South Africa, taking up an Oppenheimer Visiting Fellowship at the African Studies Centre, Oxford University, to write up this material. In early 2010, I took up a position at the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University, where I worked in the Scenarios Development Team of the CGIAR programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). In 2011, I secured an early career fellowship in 'Environment, Conservation and Development' at Oxford Brookes University (2011-2012). I was appointed as Lecturer in International Rural Development at the University of Reading in January 2013.

I am an Associate Editor (since Sep 2013) of the African Journal of Range and Forage Science. I am a Committee Member of the 'Anthropology and the Environment' Committee of the Royal Anthropological Institute, London and of the Biosocial Society. I review papers for a large number of journals and have served on Assessment Panels for the DFID/NERC/ESRC Ecosystems Services and Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme and for the National Research Foundation (NRF) in South Africa.

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