Dr Bhaskar Vira
I am trained as an economist, and work at the Department of Geography, and am a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College. My research interests centre on the changing political economy of development, especially in India; and on political ecology, focusing on forests, wildlife and landuse change and the social and political context for biodiversity conservation. My work on incentives for natural resource use and management deals with trade-offs and discourses relating to the concept of ecosystem services, and how this overlaps with poverty and human well-being, as well as values for biodiversity conservation. Research into the policy process in this sphere has included work as a Coordinating Lead Author with the Responses Working Group of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the UK National Ecosystem Assessment. More details of my research and teaching are available at my Departmental web page.
In my role as Director, I look forward to the challenge of establishing the Conservation Research Institute as a forum for inter-disciplinary dialogue and debate, and as a focal point for the diverse and intellectually vibrant research and practitioner community associated with biodiversity conservation and its impacts, in and around Cambridge.