James Bennett


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Personal profile


Dr James Bennett holds a BSc in Biological Sciences and an MSc in Ecology from the University of Warwick. He undertook his doctoral studies at Coventry University, researching small scale cattle production systems in communal areas of Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Since completing his PhD, he has lectured in Environmental Science at Coventry University and continues to undertake research in the Eastern Cape on the management of communally held rangelands and arable land allocations as common property systems. Specifically, this has focused on the sustainability of current grazing practices on former commercial farmland that has been transferred to communal ownership and the role of traditional authorities in the governance of communal rangelands. More recently his research has extended to Ethiopia, exploring the changing management practices of pastoralists on the Liben Plain, the underlying drivers of this change and its impacts on rangeland quality and biodiversity. He has over 20 publications to date and is Editor-in-Chief of African Journal of Range and Forage Science.

Research Interests

Tropical agriculture (particularly livestock production); Issues associated with human development and the loss of biodiversity; The relationship between farmland management and conservation of biodiversity within the UK; Rangeland ecology and subsistence production systems premised on extensive livestock ownership on communally-held grazing lands

Vision Statement

My research is motivated by my interest in the interaction between people and the natural world. In particular I am interested in understanding how people manage communally-held natural resources, the governance frameworks that have evolved to undertake this and how effective these are in sustaining these resources. I hope this will provide an empirical basis against which to examine some of the recognised models of collective resource governance as well as a better understanding of the policy interventions required to achieve this.

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Research Output 2003 2017

4 Citations
Open Access
land use

The Social Psychology of Human Wild Lion Conflict Mitigation: Attitudes & Behaviours in Rural Zimbabwe

Abell, J., Bennett, J., Shepherd, D-L., Mandinyenya, B., Williams, C. & Magwiro, R. 1 May 2017 (Submitted)

Research output: Research - peer-reviewAbstract

Social Psychology
Panthera leo
2 Citations
Open Access
Heavy Metals
Heavy metals
1 Citations

Southern African pasture science in the 21st century [Editorial]

Swanepoel, P. A., Sanderson, M. A., Bell, L. W., Thomas, D. T. & Bennett, J. 2015 In : African Journal of Range and Forage Science. 32, 2, p. iii-iv

Research output: ResearchEditorial

Open Access
twenty first century
forage and feed science
Southern Africa
Open Access
quality control

Activities 2000 2015

  • 5 Participation in conference
  • 1 Editorial activity

Pastoralism in the Horn of Africa

Bennett, J. (Panel Member)
2 Oct 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

African Journal of Range and Forage Science (Journal)

Bennett, J. (Editor)
1 Jul 2013

Activity: Editorial activity

Confererence of the Southern African Association of Geomorphologists

Bennett, J. (Speaker)
3 Sep 20105 Sep 2010

Activity: Participation in conference

Higher Education and Economic Regeneration

Bennett, J. (Speaker)
30 Oct 20022 Nov 2002

Activity: Participation in conference

Research Methodology in Africa

Bennett, J. (Speaker)
15 May 2000

Activity: Participation in conference

Press / Media

Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation in Zimbabwe

Jackie Abell & James Bennett


1 item of media coverage

Press / Media: Research