School of Earth and Environment

Steven Orchard Dr Steven Orchard

Postgraduate Research Fellow in Land Use and Livelihoods

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 35572
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Room: 9.124

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


After studying an undergraduate in Business and Economics at Northumbria University, I went on to study MSc Development Anthropology at Durham University, and obtained a Ph.D. in Environment and Development at the University of Leeds. My Ph.D. thesis, titled ‘Exploring adaptive capacity in mangrove social-ecological systems of rural Vietnam’, contributed knowledge to our understanding of adaptive capacity. This was achieved by drawing on environmental justice and natural resource management literatures in order to gain insights into how and why adaptive capacity is distributed within social-ecological systems. My current research fellow position, supported by a Leverhulme Prize in Geography, aims to develop and extend a multi-scale, mixed-method approach and dataset to explore and understand the links between land use, livelihoods and social-ecological change of semi-arid agricultural systems in Swaziland.


  • Ph.D. Environment and Development (University of Leeds)
  • MRes Sustainability (University of Leeds)
  • MSc Development Anthropology (Durham University)
  • BA (Hons) Business & Economics (Northumbria University)

Research Interests

  • Social-ecological systems
  • Natural resource management
  • Environmental justice
  • Sustainable livelihoods
  • Social network analysis
  • Multi-level governance
  • Semi-arid systems of Southern Africa
  • Mangrove systems of Southeast Asia