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Adrian joined the Business School in 2012 after being a Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor of Geographical Sciences between 1985 and 2006. Prior to that he was a Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Zambia for 10 years.

He has been involved in research, teaching and field activities concerned with African development and the environment for more than four decades. His work links field research to teaching and advisory support for a number of NGOs and government agencies. He has also worked with a range of international development agencies such as the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, the World Bank and UK AID / DFID. He has also worked with the governments of Zambia, Ethiopia and Malawi, and with the World Conservation Union and the Ramsar Convention.

He has been the Director of the Centre for Wetlands, Environment and Livelihoods at the University and is also a Director of a European based NGO, Wetland Action.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Natural resource management and livelihoods in Africa 
  • Wetland and forests 

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wetland Earth & Environmental Sciences
Ethiopia Social Sciences
wetland management Earth & Environmental Sciences
Zambia Social Sciences
coffee Earth & Environmental Sciences
sustainable development Social Sciences
rural development Social Sciences
aid Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 1981 2019

Community forest management (CFM) in south-west Ethiopia: Maintaining forests, biodiversity and carbon stocks to support wild coffee conservation

Wood, A., Tolera, M., Snell, M., Ohara, P. & Hailu, A., 1 Nov 2019, In : Global Environmental Change. 59, p. 1-11 11 p., 101980.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
forest management
8 Citations (Scopus)

African Forest Honey: an Overlooked NTFP with Potential to Support Livelihoods and Forests

Lowore, J., Meaton, J. & Wood, A., Jul 2018, In : Environmental Management. 62, 1, p. 15-28 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
nontimber forest product

Agricultural Management and Wetlands: An Overview

Everard, M. & Wood, A., 16 May 2018, The Wetland Book: I: Structure and Function, Management, and Methods. Finlayson, C. M., Everard, M., Irvine, K., McInnes, R. J., Middleton, B. A., Van Dam, A. A. & Davidson, N. C. (eds.). Springer Netherlands, p. 1009-1019 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

agricultural management
2 Citations (Scopus)

Wetland entrepreneurs: diversity in diversification in Zambian farming

McElwee, G. & Wood, A., 1 Aug 2017, In : Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development. 25, 5, p. 752-768 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Baro-Akobo River Basin Wetlands: Livelihoods and Sustainable Regional Land Management (Ethiopia)

Wood, A., Sutcliffe, J. P. & Dixon, A., 4 Aug 2016, The Wetland Book: II: Distribution, Description and Conservation. Finlayson, C. M., Milton, G. R., Prentice, R. C. & Davidson, N. C. (eds.). Springer Netherlands, p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

land management
river basin
community resource management
traditional knowledge

Activities 2015 2015

  • 3 Oral presentation

In-situ conservation of wild forest coffee - Exploring the potential of participatory forest management in South West Ethiopia

Peter Ohara (Speaker), Adrian Wood (Speaker), Motuma Tolera (Speaker), Mulugeta Lemenih (Speaker)
7 Sep 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Wild Coffee Conservation in Ethiopia: Exploring the Potential of Participatory Forest Management

Adrian Wood (Speaker)
20 Feb 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation