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Dr Ben Campbell, PhD

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41621

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Undergraduate study in social anthropology at Cambridge, PhD University of East Anglia Development Studies ‘The Dynamics of Cooperation: Households and Economy in a Tamang Community of Nepal’, lecturing at Edinburgh, Keele, Manchester, Hull, Durham (from 2006), Director of Durham MSc Sustainability, Culture and Development.

ESRC Award 1997-8 ‘Himalayan Biodiversity and Human Interests’.

2002-4 EU award ‘Public Understanding of Genetics’ directed by Jeanette Edwards in Manchester leading workpackage on Public Understanding of Genetically Modified Food.

2007 Williamson Fund award A Himalayan Road and the People of the Border.

2012-13 Co-Investigator Department of Energy and Climate Change ‘Low Carbon Energy for Development Network.

2013-15 Co-Investigator EPSRC/DFID £100,000 'Energy and International Development: Understanding Sustainable Energy Solutions (USES) in Developing Countries Programme'.

Films (with camera by Cosmo Campbell): 2004 ‘Shamanic Pilgrimage to Gosainkund’. 2009 ‘The Way of the Road’.

Future Research Plans

  • Biomass to Biogas transition among indigenous communities of Nepal;
  • New Directions in UK Sustainable Food Cultures;
  • Durham Energy Institute social science of Energy, Environment and Food;
  • Low Carbon Energy for Development Network phase II (with colleagues from Loughborough, Sussex, and Imperial College)

International Collaborations

Research Groups

Department of Anthropology

Durham Global Security Institute

  • Contextualising Conflict

Research Projects

Department of Archaeology

  • Promoting the Protection of Heritage Sites in Nepal

Research Interests

  • Biotechnology and post-agrarian rural economies
  • Conservation and social justice
  • Culture and sustainability
  • Environmental anthropology
  • Food cultures
  • Indigenous knowledge and development
  • Low carbon energy transitions
  • Nepal and Himalayas
  • South Asia and social theory

Selected Publications

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Selected Grants

  • 2019: Modern Energy Cooking Services (£100000.00 from AFCAP)
  • 2017: Energy On the Move: longitudinal perspectives on energy transitions among marginal populations (a comparative study) (£191864.00 from ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics (INNOGEN))
  • 2016: Transforming Energy Access Initiative (£171049.00 from Department for International Development)
  • 2015: Understanding Sustainable Energy Solutions in Developing Countries (USES) (£39791.00 from Department for International Development)
  • 2014: The LCEDN USES Programme Network (£4016.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2013: Low Carbon Energy for Development Network, Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • 2011: Non-wood renewable fuel source for the yak cheese factory at Shing Gomba, Langtang (£3300.00 from One NorthEast)
  • 2007: A TRANS-HIMALAYAN ROAD (£3000.00 from The Williamson Fund)