Degree completed in 2019.
A political ecology of smallholder oil palm production and forest conservation in the Amazon frontier: towards a balanced approach to development in Ucayali, Peru
Member: Ecosystems Governance Group
Aoife's Dphil research has two overarching questions:
1. How has the establishment of oil palm for smallholder economic development impacted forests, social welfare and local economics in the Peruvian Amazon department of Ucayali, Peru?
2. What lessons can be drawn for sustainable development?
Aoife has employed an interdisciplinary and mixed methods approach (qualitative and quantitative). Natural science methods employed include ecological census techniques and remote sensing. Qualitative methods have included over 14 months of participant observation in the Peruvian Amazon, socio-economic surveys and some other social science techniques such as vignettes, participatory mapping and preference ranking. Her DPhil work is being undertaken in collaboration with the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Peru.
Funding and Awards
- Principal Funding Body: Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
- 2016: Royal Geographic Society Frederick Soddy Graduate Award
- 2016: Caird Award (Mansfield College, Oxford University)
- 2016: Department of Anthropology Fieldwork Award
- 2015: International Tropical Timber Organization Fellowship Award
- 2015: Caird Award (Mansfield College, Oxford University)
- 2012: Maude Royden Award for Female Scientists
- Bennett, A., Ravikumar, A., McDermott, C. and Malhi, Y. (2019) Smallholder Oil Palm Production in the Peruvian Amazon: Rethinking the Promise of Associations and Partnerships for Economically Sustainable Livelihoods. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 2(14).
- Bennett, A. Ravikumar, A. and Cronkleton, P. (2018) The effects of rural development policy on land rights distribution and land use scenarios: The case of oil palm in the Peruvian Amazon. Land Use Policy, 70: 84-93.
- Bennett, A., Cronkleton, P., Menton, M. and Malhi, Y. (2018) Rethinking fuelwood: people, policy and the anatomy of a charcoal supply chain in a decentralizing Peru. Forests, 9(9): 533-549.
- Bennett, A., Ravikumar, A. and Paltan, H. (2018) The Political Ecology of Oil Palm Company-Community partnerships in the Peruvian Amazon: Deforestation consequences of the privatization of rural development. World Development, 109: 29-41.
- Bennett, A., Ravikumar, A. and Cronkleton, P. (2017) The effects of rural development policy on land rights distribution and land use scenarios: The case of oil palm in the Peruvian Amazon. Land Use Policy.
- Comberti, C., Thornton, T., Bennett, A., Root-Bernstein, M. (2017) Climate Change Adaptation, Development and Archaeology in the Amazon..
- Chazdon, R.L., Brancalion, P.H.S., Laestadius, L., Bennett, A., Buckingham, K., Kumar, C., Moll-Rocek, J., Vieira, I.C.G.and Wilson, S.J. (2016) When is a forest a forest? Forest concepts and definitions in the era of forest and landscape restoration. Ambio, 45(5): 538-550.
- Lazos, E., Zinda, J., Negra, C., Bennett, A., Bloomfield, G., Balvanera, P. and Lindell, C. (2016) Stakeholders and tropical reforestation: challenges, trade-offs and strategies in dynamic environments. Biotropica.
- Bennett, A., Malhi, Y. and Menton, M. (2013) Leakage effects in natural resource supply chains: a case study from the Peruvian commercial charcoal market. International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, 20(4): 336-348.
- Menton, M. and Bennett, A. (2018) PES: Payments for Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation? In, Schreckenberg, K., Mace, G. and Poudyal, M. (eds.) Ecosystem services and poverty alleviation: trade-offs and governance. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. pp. 189-203.