Dr Susannah Sallu
Associate Professor of Environment and Development
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Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute
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.
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.
- Conservation Governance for Social and Environmental Benefits (2016-2020), ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre, Network Award - funding for 3 PhD studentships (Co-Lead).
- Global Climate Change Alliance+-Tanzania project entitled ‘Integrated Approaches for Climate Change Adaptation’, 1 million Euro intervention project, EuropeAid (Research Associate, £8,500 for travel) (2016-2019).
- Research Collaboration Award ‘Non-economic Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change’ University of Western Australia and World Universities Network (Co-I, £35,000) (2016-2017).
- Climate Compatible Development in East and Southern Africa(2013-2016)Susannah is lead investigator of a project that investigates Climate Compatible Development and associated policy rhetoric in Tanzania. The research has gained funding from the Climate Change Centre for Economics and Policy, the University of Leeds and World Universities Network. This project builds on the following past projects:
- Climate Compatible Development Partnerships in Sub-Saharan Africa(World Universities Network Fund for International Research Collaborations) (2011-2014)
- Climate-Compatible Development Partnerships: Evaluating New Governance Systems for Valuing Ecosystem Services, Carbon Storage and Poverty Alleviation Benefits(ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre) (2011-2014)
- Barriers and Limits to Climate Change Adaptation (World Universities Network Project, 2012-2013) Susannah was part of an international research team that developed a new conceptual model to explore barriers and limits to adaptation and reviewed empirical literature on the subject focussed on Africa.
- Resilient pasts and sustainable futures? The social-ecological dynamics of East African landscapes in temporal, spatial and social perspectives(World Universities Network Development Fund, 2012-2013)
- Food Security, Adequate Care and Environment Quality: development and testing of eco-nutrition guidelines for community actions in the context of climate change in Malawi & Tanzania (funded by International Development Research Centre, IDRC) (2010-2014)
- Food and Ecosystem Services in Eastern Africa Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation Project(funded by the DFID/NERC/ESRC Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation programme) (2010-2011)
- Capacity building in climate change and rural livelihoods in Malawi and Botswana(funded by DFID-British Council) (2008-2011)
- Transforming Ghana's Land Policy for Sustainable Development(funded by DFID & the British Council (2007-2009)
- Biodiversity dynamics, knowledge and livelihoods in Kalahari dryland biomes of Botswana (PhD research funded by ESRC-NERC studentship, Slawson Award (RGS-IBG), Dudley Stamp Memorial Trust, Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust, Sheffield University and Hertford College, University of Oxford) (2003-2007)
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:
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.
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).
- Kwayu EJ; Paavola J; Sallu SM (2017) The livelihood impacts of the Equitable Payments for Watershed Services (EPWS) Program in Morogoro, Tanzania, Environment and Development Economics, pp.1-22. doi: 10.1017/S1355770X17000067
- LATHAM JE; SALLU SM; LOVERIDGE R; MARSHALL AR (2017) Examining the impact of forest protection status on firewood sufficiency in rural Africa, Environmental Conservation, pp.1-13. doi: 10.1017/S0376892917000066
- Taylor Aiken G; Middlemiss L; Sallu S; Hauxwell-Baldwin R (2017) Researching climate change and community in neoliberal contexts: An emerging critical approach, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, . doi: 10.1002/wcc.463
- Wood BT; Sallu SM; Paavola J (2016) Can CDM finance energy access in Least Developed Countries? Evidence from Tanzania, Climate Policy, 16, pp.456-473. doi: 10.1080/14693062.2015.1027166
- Jew EKK; Dougill AJ; Sallu SM; O'Connell J; Benton TG (2016) Miombo woodland under threat: Consequences for tree diversity and carbon storage, Forest Ecology and Management, 361, pp.144-153. doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2015.11.011
- Butt EW; Rap A; Schmidt A; Scott CE; Pringle KJ; Reddington CL; Richards NAD; Woodhouse MT; Ramirez-Villegas J; Yang H; Vakkari V; Stone EA; Rupakheti M; Praveen PS; Van Zyl PG; Beukes JP; Josipovic M; Mitchell EJS; Sallu SM; Forster PM; Spracklen DV (2016) The impact of residential combustion emissions on atmospheric aerosol, human health, and climate, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16, . doi: 10.5194/acp-16-873-2016
- Capitani C; Mukama K; Mbilinyi B; Malugu IO; Munishi PKT; Burgess ND; Platts PJ; Sallu SM; Marchant R (2016) From local scenarios to national maps: A participatory framework for envisioning the future of Tanzania, Ecology and Society, 21, . doi: 10.5751/ES-08565-210304
- Whitfield S; Benton TG; Dallimer M; Firbank LG; Poppy GM; Sallu SM; Stringer LC (2015) Sustainability spaces for complex agri-food systems, Food Security, 7, pp.1291-1297. doi: 10.1007/s12571-015-0512-3
- Jew EKK; Loos J; Dougill AJ; Sallu SM; Benton TG (2015) Butterfly communities in miombo woodland: Biodiversity declines with increasing woodland utilisation, Biological Conservation, 192, . doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.10.022
- Shackleton S; Ziervogel G; Sallu SM; Gill T; Tschakert P (2015) Why is socially-just climate change adaptation in sub-Saharan Africa so challenging? A review of barriers identified from empirical cases, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 6, pp.321-344. doi: 10.1002/wcc.335
- Butt EW; Rap A; Schmidt A; Scott CE; Pringle KJ; Reddington CL; Richards NAD; Woodhouse MT; Ramirez-Villegas J; Yang H; Vakkari V; Stone EA; Rupakheti M; Praveen PS; van Zyl PG; Beukes JP; Josipovic M; Mitchell EJS; Sallu SM; Forster PM; Spracklen DV (2015) The impact of residential combustion emissions on atmospheric aerosol, human health and climate, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, 15, pp.20449-20520. doi: 10.5194/acpd-15-20449-2015
- Islam M; Sallu SM; Hubacek K; Paavola J (2014) Migrating to tackle climate variability and change? Insights from coastal fishing communities in Bangladesh, Climatic Change: an interdisciplinary, international journal devoted to the description, causes and implications of climatic change, . doi: 10.1007/s10584-014-1135-y
- Kwayu EJ; Sallu SM; Paavola J (2014) Farmer participation in the equitable payments for watershed services in Morogoro, Tanzania, Ecosystem Services, 7, pp.1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2013.12.006
- Islam MM; Sallu SM; Hubacek K; Paavola J (2014) Vulnerability of fishery-based livelihoods to the impacts of climate variability and change: insights from coastal Bangladesh, Regional Environmental Change, 14, pp.281-294. doi: 10.1007/s10113-013-0487-6
- Islam MM; Sallu S; Hubacek K; Paavola J (2014) Limits and barriers to adaptation to climate variability and change in Bangladeshi coastal fishing communities, Marine Policy, 43, pp.208-216. doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2013.06.007
- Cairns R; Sallu SM; Goodman S (2013) Questioning calls to consensus in conservation: a Q study of conservation discourses on Galápagos, Environmental Conservation: an international journal of environmental science, 41, pp.13-26. doi: 10.1017/S0376892913000131
- Tschakert P; Ziervogel G; Sallu SM; Shackleton S; Alston M; Koelle B (2013) A holistic conceptual framework for exploring barriers and limits to climate change adaptation, Environmental Science and Policy, .
- Simelton E; Quinn CH; Batisani N; Dougill AJ; Dyer J; Fraser E; Mkwambisi D; Sallu SM; Stringer L (2013) Is rainfall really changing? Farmers" perceptions, meteorological data, and policy implications, Climate and Development, 5, pp.123-138. doi: 10.1080/17565529.2012.751893
- Twyman C; Fraser E; Stringer LC; Quinn C; Dougill AJ; Ravera F; Sallu SM (2011) Closing the Loop: Climate Science, Development Practice and Policy Interactions in Dryland Agro-Ecological Systems, Ecology and Society, 16, .
- Sallu SM; Twyman C; Stringer LC (2010) Resilient or vulnerable livelihoods? Assessing livelihood dynamics and trajectories in rural Botswana., Ecology and Society: a journal of integrative science for resilience and sustainability, 15, .
- Sallu SM; Twyman C; Thomas DSG (2009) The multidimensional nature of biodiversity and social dynamics and implications for contemporary rural livelihoods in remote Kalahari settlements, Botswana, AFR J ECOL, 47, pp.110-118.
- Beharrell N; Fanning E; Howell K; Sallu S (2002) Nilo Forest Reserve: A Biodiversity Survey., .
- Beharell N; Fanning E; Sallu S; Muruke M (2002) An Introduction to East Usambara Biodiversity Survey Techniques., .
- Oliver S; Bracebridge C; Fanning E; Howell K; Sallu S (2002) Mgambo Forest Reserve - a Biodiversity Survey., .
- Sallu S; Fanning E; Howell K; Pohjonen V (2002) Mlinga Forest Reserve - A Biodiversity Survey., .
- Larsson TB; Sallu SM (2001) Biodiversity evaluation tools for European Forests, Ecological Bulletins, Blackwell.
- Hoque SF; Quinn CH; Sallu SM (Accepted) Resilience, political ecology and well-being: An interdisciplinary approach to analysing social-ecological change in coastal Bangladesh, Ecology and Society, .
- Sallu S (Accepted) Environmental Governance, Globalisation and Biodiversity in the Kalahari - a Focus on the Dynamics of Livelihood Access., In: UNEP (Ed) Indigenous Vegetation Project Series, .