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Dr Ben Campbell, PhD

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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

Research Projects

Department of Archaeology

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

Chapter in book

Journal Article

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Selected Grants

  • 2013: Low Carbon Energy for Development Network, Department of Energy and Climate Change