Dr Susannah M. Sallu
Susannah is an Associate Professor 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 10 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. 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, Priestley International Centre for Climate and Centre for Global Development at the Univerity.
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.
- Environment & Development Research Group Leader
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 and development
- Climate compatible development intervention and policy
Susannah has a particular interest in East and Southern Africa, particularly Tanzania, where she has worked for over 18 years.
- GCRF-AFRISYS Project - What to plant, when and where? - designing integrated forest-agricultural landscapes to enhance multiple livelihood benefits to and from agriculture (2019-2021) GCRF BBSRC Co-I
- GCRF-AFRICAP Programme - Building the Evidence Base for Climate Smart Agri-Food Systems (2017-2021) GCRF BBSRC Co-I, Tanzania Country lead.
- Conservation Governance for Social and Environmental Benefits (2016-2020), ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre, Network Award - funding for 3 PhD studentships
- Global Climate Change Alliance+-Tanzania project ‘Integrated Approaches for Climate Change Adaptation’ EuropeAid (2016-2019) Research Associate
- Research Collaboration Award ‘Non-economic Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change’ University of Western Australia and World Universities Network (2016-2017) Co-I
- Climate Compatible Development in East and Southern Africa (2013-2016) Lead investigator of a project that investigated Climate Compatible Development and associated policy rhetoric in Tanzania. The research gained funding from the Climate Change Centre for Economics and Policy, the University of Leeds and World Universities Network. This project built 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)
- 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 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 DFID-British Council (2008-2011)
- Transforming Ghana's Land Policy for Sustainable Development DFID-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)
<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
- (Re)negotiating power to enhance resilience to climate change
- Agricultural and Food-system Resilience: Increasing Capacity and Advising Policy (GCRF-AFRICAP)
- What to plant, when and where? Designing integrated forest-agricultural landscapes to enhance multiple livelihood benefits to and from agriculture
- DPhil Geography, University of Oxford
- MSc Environmental Technology, Imperial College, University of London
- BSc Tropical Environmental Science, University of Aberdeen
- Royal Geographical Society
- Development Studies Association
Susannah is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and leads Undergraduate and Masters teaching on Sustainable Development, Environment and Development and Political Ecology. Susannah was Programme Leader of the MSc Sustainability (Environment & Development) 2008-2015 and continues to support alumni. Susannah currently teaches on the following modules in the School of Earth and Environment:
- Environment-Development International Field Course
- Critical perspectives in Environment and Development
- Sustainable Development in Practice
Susannah also 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.
Siobhan Ruth Smith Exploring gender dimensions in the adoption of climate-smart agriculture Practices in Sub-Saharan Africa. Priestley International Centre for Climate Scholarship (2018-present)
Jamie Carr The impact of livelihood-focused interventions on forest ecosystems, deforestation, and associated environmental processes. NERC studentship (2017-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 (2017-present).
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)
Past research students
Dr. 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 (2014-2018).
Dr. 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 (2013-2018).
Dr. Sonia Hoque (2013-2016) Differential livelihood adaptation to socio-ecological change in coastal Bangladesh (University of Leeds International Research Scholarship funded).
Dr. Eleanor Jew Developing land management strategies for miombo woodland for biodiversity conservation, agricultural productivity and ecosystem service provision in Tanzania (NERC studentship) (2011-2015).
Dr. 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).
Dr. Emmanuel Kwayu The Role of Payments for Ecosystem Services on Poverty Alleviation and Watershed Conservation in Tanzania (DUCE Scholarship) (2009-2016).
Dr. 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).
Dr. Salma Hegga Household flood preparedness in Kilosa District-Morogoro, Tanzania. (University of Southampton) (DUCE Scholarship) (2009-2013).
Dr. Monirul Islam Vulnerability and Adaptation of Fisheries-Based Livelihoods of Bangladesh to Climate Variability and Change (Commonwealth Scholarship) (2009-2013).
Dr. Rose Cairns A critical analysis of the discourses of conservation and science on the Galapagos Islands (ESRC/NERC Studentship) (2008-2011).
Research groups and institutes
- Sustainability Research Institute
- Environment and Development
- Social and Political Dimensions of Sustainability