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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 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)
South Africa
4 Citations (Scopus)
66 Downloads (Pure)

Cover crop biomass production is more important than diversity for weed suppression

MacLaren, C., Swanepoel, P., Bennett, J., Wright, J. & Dehnen-Schmutz, K., Mar 2019, In : Crop Science. 59, 2, p. 733-748 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
cover crops
weed control
biomass production
1 Citation (Scopus)
24 Downloads (Pure)

Envisioning more effective delivery of custom feeding programs using participatory approaches: lessons from Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

Marandure, T., Bennett, J., Dzama, K., Gwiriri, L. C., Bangani, N. & Mapiye, C., 1 Jun 2019, In : Outlook on Agriculture. 48, 2, p. 157-166 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
participatory approach
South Africa
beef cattle
1 Citation (Scopus)
8 Downloads (Pure)

Evaluating the ability of citizen scientists to identify bumblebee (Bombus) species

Falk, S., Foster, G., Comont, R., Conroy, J., Bostock, H., Salisbury, A., Kilbey, D., Bennett, J. & Smith, B., 24 Jun 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 6, 21 p., e0218614.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
management practice

Activities 2000 2015

  • 5 Participation in conference
  • 1 Editorial activity

Pastoralism in the Horn of Africa

James Bennett (Panel Member)
2 Oct 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

African Journal of Range and Forage Science (Journal)

James Bennett (Editor)
1 Jul 2013

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Confererence of the Southern African Association of Geomorphologists

James Bennett (Speaker)
3 Sep 20105 Sep 2010

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Higher Education and Economic Regeneration

James Bennett (Speaker)
30 Oct 20022 Nov 2002

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Research Methodology in Africa

James Bennett (Speaker)
15 May 2000

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


PhD Supervisory Team of the Year

James Bennett (Recipient) & Sara Burbi (Recipient), 1 May 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Press / Media

Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation in Zimbabwe

Jackie Abell & James Bennett


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research