International Development; Environment; Politics in Africa
Background & Qualification
Tom Campbell (NDip. Development Studies; MSc in Environmental and Development Education) is a part-time postgraduate research student at the School of Law and Government in DCU. He is employed as a lecturer with the Kimmage Development Studies Centre in Dublin, where he teaches postgraduate level modules in the Political Economy of Environment and Development, and Sustainable Livelihoods. He also delivers modules in Environment and Development, and Global Movements, to undergraduates in National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM), as part of a BA in International Development. He has extensive experience working here in Ireland, as well as in several East African countries, of teaching and conducting trainings, designing curriculum, writing course materials, and organising seminars on development related issues. Tom has previously worked in India with the international secretariat of Service Civil International (SCI). He also has professional and voluntary experience with a number of Irish development education organisations, including Voluntary Service International (VSI), Oxfam Ireland, Comhlámh and Feasta. He is currently a member of the Dóchas Working Group on Livelihoods, Food Security and Nutrition.
With interests in political ecology and current discourses around climate change adaptation and resilience, Tom’s research focuses on global climate change policy narratives and their consequences for pastoralist livelihoods in the drylands of East Africa. Research questions include: to what extent are ‘old narratives’ (eg ‘tragedy of the commons’, ‘fragile dryland ecosystems’, ‘pastoral livelihoods are uniquely vulnerable’) being recycled in current global discourses on drylands use in East Africa, and how exactly are these narratives being interpreted in terms of decision making at the national level? Who are the winners and losers from these processes? What are the institutions, actors and networks that connect global climate change narratives to pastoralist outcomes? To what extent do interventions in the name of climate mitigation and adaptation reproduce, rather than address, the social and political structures and development pathways that are driving displacement of pastoralist communities?