School of Earth and Environment

Susannah Sallu Dr Susannah Sallu

Associate Professor of Environment and Development

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 31641
Email address: s.sallu@leeds.ac.uk
Room: 10.106

Biography

Susannah is a Lecturer in Environment and Development based in the Sustainability Research Institute of the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds. Over the past 8 years Susannah has played a key role in shaping the Masters degrees in the Sustainability Research Institute, and cross-faculty research initiatives such as the Centre for Global Development, an interdisciplinary research centre focused on international development at the University of Leeds. Susannah is currently a member of the School of Earth & Environment Steering Committee and a member of the ESRC Climate Change Centre for Economics and Policy.

Susannah has a PhD from the Department of Geography at the University of Oxford, an MSc. in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and a BSc.(Hons.) in Tropical Environmental Science from the University of Aberdeen. Susannah has also worked for the Society for Environmental Exploration (a collaboration between Frontier UK and the University of Dar es Salaam) in Tanzania, Forest Research (UK Forestry Commission) and UNICEF. Susannah is a member of the Development Studies Association and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Research Interests

Susannah is an interdisciplinary research scientist whose research draws on multiple disciplines. Susannah’s research focuses broadly on human-environment interactions and more specifically on rural livelihoods, environmental change, marginalisation and natural resource governance.

Her main interest lies in the theoretical and empirical intersections of political ecology, complex systems science and environmental justice. Susannah and her research team have particular regional expertise in Africa and work together in participatory ways with communities and a wide range of academic and non-academic partners to develop better understanding of:

  • The dynamics, resilience and vulnerability of social-ecological systems, landscapes, and livelihoods
  • The impact on human well-being and livelihoods of differing modes of conservation and ecosystem services governance and management, and climate change
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Climate compatible development intervention and policy

Susannah has a particular interest in East and Southern Africa, particularly Tanzania, where she has worked for over 15 years.

Research projects

Teaching

As well as conducting research Susannah is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and leads Undergraduate and Masters teaching on Sustainable Development, Environment and Development and Political Ecology. As well as classroom based teaching, Susannah leads Masters level field work overseas. Susannah was Programme Leader of the MSc Sustainability (Environment & Development) 2008-2015 and continues to support alumni.

Susannah manages the following modules in the School of Earth and Environment:

  • SOEE5483 Critical perspectives in Environment and Development
  • SOEE5495 Environment-Development Overseas Field Course
  • SOEE3780Sustainable Development in Practice

Susannah also contributes teaching to the following modules:

  • SOEE2371 People, Sustainability and the Environment
  • SOEE3770 Sustainable Futures

Susannah supervises Undergraduate and Masters research dissertations conducted on environment-development issues, and specialises in supervising overseas fieldwork. Past projects have included studies on rural livelihood dynamics in Uganda, development intervention for food security in Kenya, volunteer tourism in Cambodia, marine conservation in Indonesia, the CDM and energy access in Tanzania.

Research students

Marta Gaworek-Michalczenia Delivering integrated climate change adaptation and resilience programmes: Evaluating adaptive capacity and human well-being outcomes of a complex multi-objective climate-development programme (ESRC White Rose Collaborative Studentship) (2016-present).

Robin Loveridge Investigating wins, loss and trade-offs for biodiversity and human well-being across protected area networks (ESRC White Rose Network Studentship, University of York & Leeds) (2016-present).

Ruth Armstrong The role of place-based education: working towards a sustainable future in southern Africa (2016 to present).

Kate Massarella Perspectives on a pilot: exploring actor framings, experiences and impacts of multi-scale forest conservation and development pilot projects in Tanzania (White Rose ESRC Studentship, University of York & Leeds) (2014-present).

Edward Butt Exploring the climate, human health and environmental benefits of clean cook stove initiatives (United Bank of Carbon and School of Earth & Environment funded) (2013-present).

Sonia Hoque (2013-2016) Differential livelihood adaptation to socio-ecological change in coastal Bangladesh (University of Leeds International Research Scholarship funded).

Eleanor Jew Developing land management strategies for miombo woodland for biodiversity conservation, agricultural productivity and ecosystem service provision in Tanzania (NERC studentship) (2011-2015).

Cristina Cleghorn The relationship between agrobiodiversity, food security, dietary diversity and nutritional status in Eastern Sub-Saharan Africa (University Scholarship in collaboration with IDRC funded EcoHealth project) (2010-2014).

Emmanuel Kwayu The Role of Payments for Ecosystem Services on Poverty Alleviation and Watershed Conservation in Tanzania (DUCE Scholarship) (2009-2016).

Julia Latham Perceptions of governance: examining forest conservation policy at the community level in Tanzania and the implications for REDD+ (ESRC Studentship, University of York) (2009-2014).

Salma Hegga Household flood preparedness in Kilosa District-Morogoro, Tanzania. (University of Southampton) (DUCE Scholarship) (2009-2013).

Monirul Islam Vulnerability and Adaptation of Fisheries-Based Livelihoods of Bangladesh to Climate Variability and Change (Commonwealth Scholarship) (2009-2013).

Rose Cairns A critical analysis of the discourses of conservation and science on the Galapagos Islands (ESRC/NERC Studentship) (2008-2011).

Publications