Staff Profile:Dr Andrew Ainslie

Dr Andrew Ainslie
Job Title:
Lecturer in International Rural Development
  • Programme Director: MSc Environment and Development
  • Teaching: Module Convenor for

IDM092: Global Environmental Change and Development (MSc level, 20 credits)

AP2ID2: Approaches to Development (Part 2, 20 credits)
And contribute to teaching on
IDM001: Perspectives on Development
RRDP: Graduate School Reading Researcher Development Programme

  • MSc Dissertation supervision

2014/15: seven MSc students

2013/14: eight MSc students.

2012/13: four MSc students.

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 and interdisciplinarity;
  • Technology-enhanced methods of teaching and learning.

Postgraduate supervision:

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

Current PhD supervision:

    • Sam Poskitt, 'Examining the Role of Scenario-Planning Processes for Promoting Sustainable Resource Management' (ESRC-funded, first supervisor, co-supervision with Kerry Waylen at the James Hutton Institute)
    • Jeremiah Obegi, 'The role of rural organisations and innovations in enhancing rural farmer's livelihoods: A case of the Kenyan dairy industry' (second supervisor, co-supervision with Peter Dorward)

Recently completed/submitted PhD students:

  • 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 submitted his thesis in September 2015.
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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) and an MSocSc (Rhodes University) both with distinction, and I hold a PhD in Social Anthropology (University College London). In 2012, I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE) with distinction from Oxford Brookes University.

I first worked as a Researcher at Rhodes University's Institute of Social and Economic Research (1994-1997), and subsequently for the Agricultural Research Council (in South Africa, during 1997-2007). I was then employed as a Researcher by an NGO, Khanya-aicdd, in 2007-08. 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 was employed 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 Biosocial Society and of the �Anthropology and the Environment� Committee of the Royal Anthropological Institute, London. I review papers for a 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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