Biography

I retired from the School of International Development in 2002 after service of 30 years and remained Professorial Fellow until 2007, then as Emeritus Professor and remain active in research in DEV.  I hold a Ph.D from the University of Cambridge and moved to DEV in 1972. Author and co-author of 17 books and monographs, 24 book chapters and 39 articles in the fields of political ecology, environmental policy, agrarian political economy, policy analysis, AIDS/HIV in Africa, and disasters. Area specialisation: India, Nepal, southern Africa.

Key Publications

(2008) "In honor of the Life Work of Piers Blaikie" Special Issue  in Geoforum  39:2,  March 2008 with nine articles including "Epilogue: Towards a future for political ecology that works" (pps. 765-772) by Piers Blaikie

(2007) Forests, People and Power: the Political Ecology of Reform in South Asia. Edited by Springate-Baginski, O and Blaikie, P.M. Earthscan, London and  Sterling, VA

(2003) At Risk: Natural Hazards, People’s Vulnerability and Disasters. By Ben Wisner, Piers Blaikie, Terry Cannon and Ian Davis. London, Routledge.

(1987) Land Degradation and Society, by Piers Blaikie and Harold Brookfield. Methuen.

(1985) Political Economy of Soil Erosion in Developing Countries. Longman Development Series, No. 1, Longman, London, pp. 188. Reprinted by Pearson Education in 2000

Esteem Indicators

*   The Royal Geographical Society Edward Heath Award for published work on Africa and Asia, presented in June 1994
*   Life Member of the Royal Norwegian Society for Science and Letters, from January 2000
*   Included as one of the “key thinkers on development” in Fifty Key Thinkers on Development edited by David Simon. 2006, Routledge (pps.35-39)
*  Given two full sessions at the Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers, April 2005, Denver, USA entitled “In honor of the Life Work of Piers Blaikie”, published with same title in Special Issue in Geoforum in 2008 (See 'Key Publications' above)
*  Awarded Honorary Doctorate at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway 2009
*  Awarded the Robert Mc.C Netting Award for the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers 2009
*  Editorial Board of Development and Change until 2005; Norwegian Journal of Geography; Progress in Development Studies: South Asian Studies

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