Oliver’s primary research interest is the political economy / political ecology of forest governance reform in developing countries.  He mainly focuses on issues of: 1) democratisation, policy and reform rights reform and the associated political empowerment of forest users,  2) livelihood development and poverty alleviation at the forest – agricultural interface, and 3) integrated biodiversity management in forest management.

These interests have been developed through leading a range of research projects with partners across Asia  region , particularly India, Nepal and Burma/Myanmar.  He is co-author/editor, with Piers Blaikie, of ‘Forests, People and Power’ (Earthscan 2007)

Oliver has also worked as a forest and environmental policy advisor on donor-funded projects in India and currently Burma / Myanmar

Oliver is the coordinator of the Burma/ Myanmar Development Research Network:

Websites of projects Oliver has led or been involved in:

The Political Ecology of Forest Ecosystem Services (2011-13)

Community Forestry in Myanmar / Burma (2010-11)

Improving Institutions for Pro-Poor Growth (2005-10)

Strengthening pro-poor wetland conservation using integrated wetland assessment  (2005-2008)

Participatory Forest Management in India and Nepal (2002-2006)

Institutionalising Participatory Integrated Forest Management in Nepal (2002-2005)

CV and Experience

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Academic Background

Oliver has a BSc in Economics and Economic and Social History from the University of Wales (1989), an MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics (1991) and a Ph.D from the Geography Department of SOAS (2001)

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