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Lucy Goodman

Lucy Goodman

PhD Student

ESRC scholar


Departments and Institutes

Geography:
Land Economy:

Research Interests

From the 1950s until today, multiple environmental and social disasters have been caused by large-scale water management infrastructures, such as dams and barrages, in Central and South Asia. In my research, I would like to investigate whether flawed or incomplete economic analysis during the planning stages of infrastructure can be linked to the environmental and social outcomes. As part of my research, I plan to unpick how governments take decisions that impact on the environment, and how research can be used to avoid future disasters.

Other Professional Activities

For the last nine years, I have been working as a conservation professional at the international, national and community levels, with a focus on community-conservation and forests. I have a significant interest in the physical and conceptual frontier between conservation and human-induced land-use change, and how we define “natural” landscapes, which has fed into my professional work. 

Highlights of my career have been: delivering technical training on forest surveys, spatial analysis and forest policy in over fifteen countries; working with forest communities to develop forestcompass.org - a resource which brings together experiences of community forest monitoring around the world; attending the UNFCCC and CBD Conferences of the Parties.

More recently I travelled through South and Central Asia, and my first-hand experience of environmental disasters caused by water-management infrastructure has led me to my PhD research. I’m grateful to Cambridge’s ESRC DTP programme, from whom I have an interdisciplinary studentship.

Key Publications

  • 2015 Bellfield et al. Case study report: Community-based monitoring systems for REDD+ in Guyana. Forests
  • 2012 Contribution to: REDD+: where do we stand? Chapter in State of the Congo Basin Forest 2012
  • 2012 Swan et al. REDD+ Biodiversity Safeguards: Options for Developing National Approaches.
  • 2012 Mitchard et al. A novel application of satellite radar data: monitoring carbon sequestration and degradation in a community forestry project in Mozambique. Plant Ecology and Diversity
  • 2010 Grace et al. A pilot project to store carbon as biomass in African woodlands. Carbon Management.
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