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Neil Dawson is a research fellow at the Universities of East Anglia and Aberdeen and Steering Committee Member of the IUCN Commission on Economic, Environmental and Social Policy. His research explores poverty, wellbeing and environmental justice from the often-overlooked perspective of rural inhabitants in developing countries.


  • Dawson, N. M., K. Grogan, A. Martin, O. Mertz, M. Pasgaard, and L. V. Rasmussen. 2017. Environmental justice research shows the importance of social feedbacks in ecosystem service trade-offs. Ecology and Society 22, 12.
  • Dawson, N., Martin, A., & Danielsen, F. (2017). Assessing equity in protected area governance: Approaches to promote just and effective conservation. Conservation Letters.
  • Martin, A., Myers, R., & Dawson, N. M. 2017. The park is ruining our livelihoods. We support the park! Unravelling the paradox of attitudes to protected areas. Human Ecology, 1-13.
  • Pasgaard, M., Dawson, N., Rasmussen, L. V., Enghoff, M., & Jensen, A. 2017. The research and practice of integrating conservation and development: Self-reflections by researchers on methodologies, objectives and influence. Global Ecology and Conservation, 9, 50-60
  • Broegaard, R. B., Rasmussen, L. V., Dawson, N., Mertz, O., Vongvisouk, T., & Grogan, K. 2017. Wild food collection and nutrition under commercial agriculture expansion in agriculture-forest landscapes. Forest Policy and Economics.
  • Martin, A., Coolsaet, B., Corbera, E., Dawson, N. M., Fraser, J. A., Lehman, I., & Rodriguez, I. 2016. Justice and Conservation: the need to incorporate recognition. Biological Conservation, 197, 254-261
  • Dawson, N., Martin, A. and Sikor, T. 2016. Green Revolution in sub-Saharan Africa: implications of imposed innovation for the wellbeing of rural smallholders. World Development, 78, 204-218
  • Rasmussen, L. V., Mertz, O., Christensen, A. E., Danielsen, F., Dawson, N., & Xaydongvanh, P. 2016. A combination of methods needed to assess the actual use of provisioning ecosystem services. Ecosystem Services, 17, 75-86.
  • Dawson, N., & Martin, A. 2015. Assessing the contribution of ecosystem services to human wellbeing: A disaggregated study in western Rwanda. Ecological Economics, 117, 62-72
  • Dawson, N. 2015. Bringing context to poverty in rural Rwanda: added value and challenges of mixed methods approaches. In Roelen, K. & Camfield, L. (eds), Mixed Methods Research in Poverty and Vulnerability, Palgrave
  • Kleinschmit, D., Martin, A., Dawson, N. et al. 2015. Drivers of Forests and Tree-based Systems for Food Security and Nutrition. In Vira et al. (eds.), Forests, Trees and Landscapes for Food Security and Nutrition. A Global Assessment Report. IUFRO World Series Volume 33. Vienna
  • Strassburg, B., Vira, B., Mahanty, S., Mansourian, S., Martin, A., Dawson, N., Gross-Camp, N., Latawiec, A., Swainson, L. (2012) Social and economic considerations relevant to REDD+, in Understanding relationships between biodiversity, carbon forests and people: The key to achieving REDD+ objectives. International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) pp. 83-115 ISBN 978-3-902762-17-7

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