Prof Frances Cleaver

Professor of Political Ecology


Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University


Personal research website:
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BA History                                       Exeter University , UK

MSc International Relations               London School of Economics, UK

PG Diploma Rural Development        University of Zimbabwe

PhD Development Studies                University of East Anglia, UK

Research Interests:

My research connects three themes:

developing a social science theoretical approach to understanding how institutions (particularly for natural resource management) work.
Water governance:
scrutinising the nature of policies, how they travel and their impacts for distribution and access to water.
understanding the gendered everyday politics of livelihoods, access to services and resources, the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion.

Working from an inter-disciplinary base in international development studies I am interested in how improved understandings of these issues can inform interventions for progressive social change.

Short Biography:

In my work I draw on experience of jobs in planning and health service delivery (in the UK and in Zimbabwe) as well as academic posts in a variety of universities in the UK, Zimbabwe and Norway.

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