School of Earth and Environment

Jen Dyer Dr Jen Dyer

Lecturer : Environmental Conservation

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 30226
Email address:
Room: 10.17a

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


Before joining SRI as a Teaching Assistant in 2007, I worked for the conservation organisation Operation Wallacea and coordinated school groups on expeditions in Honduras and Indonesia. During my time as a Teaching Assistant I developed a successful proposal for an ESRC-CASE PhD studentship. The research focused on the impacts of the biodiesel crop, Jatropha curcas on livelihoods in Malawi.

After completing my PhD, I worked as the Postdoctoral Research Assistant on a Climate and Development Knowledge Network funded project 'Assessing institutional and governance partnerships for climate compatible development in southern Africa' (see

I am now module leader for the second year People and Plants, and the third year Socio-economic Issues in Conservation. I am continuing research on the development impacts of Jatropha in Malawi and, following on from my post-doc, the links between sustainable development and mining companies in Zambia.


PhD Environment and Development (University of Leeds), MSc Environment and Development (University of Manchester), BSc Biological Sciences: Plant Biology (University of Birmingham)

Research Interests

My research is interdisciplinary and largely focuses on the links between natural resources and development.

I am continuing to follow up, publish and disseminate my PhD research, centred around two main themes; 1) How the governance of the Jatropha sector in Malawi may be better structured to ensure representation from across government, private sector, NGOs, academics and community sectors and 2) How livelihood benefits from Jatropha cultivation can be optimised for smallholder farmers.

I am also developing research around the livelihood impacts of the extractives industry in southern Africa. I have been involved in a Community-Company Assessment with a copper mine in Zambia and developing research proposals focusing on the integration of research into Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable development. Alongside these research topics, I would like to explore knowledge exchange and opportunities to increase the impacts of research through working with a broad range of stakeholder groups.

Teaching Interests

I have been employed as a Lecturer in the Sustainability Research Institute since February 2013. In this role, I manage two modules (SOEE 3680 and SOEE 2401) and also contribute to a variety of modules across undergraduate and Masters’ level environment and sustainability–related courses:

Module leader:

SOEE3680: Socio-economic Issues in Conservation and Management (10 credits). This module introduces a variety of topics looking at the interactions between natural and social systems through lecture and then explores the ideas further in seminars.

SOEE2401: People and Plants (10 credits). This module looks at the interactions between people and plants and involves a field trip to a local nature reserve in Leeds for which students develop a management plan.

I also contribute to:

SOEE1180: Environment and Ecology, SOEE3690: Advanced Fieldwork: Principles of Environmental Ecology, and the MSc courses: MSc Sustainability (Environmental Politics and Policy) and MSc Sustainability (Environmental Consultancy and Project Management).