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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

Advancing a holistic systems approach for sustainable cattle development programmes in South Africa: insights from sustainability assessments

Marandure, T., Bennett, J., Dzama, K., Makombe, G., Gwiriri, L. & Mapiye, C., 8 Aug 2020, In : Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. 44, 7, p. 827-858 32 p.

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    Farmer challenge-derived indicators for assessing sustainability of low-input ruminant production systems in sub-Saharan Africa

    Marandure, T., Dzama, K., Bennett, J., Makombe, G., Chikwahna, O. & Mapiye, C., 26 Aug 2020, In : Environmental and Sustainability Indicators. 8, 9 p.

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    • 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

    Rural Livelihoods in the central Eastern Cape, South Africa

    James Bennett (Speaker)
    20 Jun 200022 Jun 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


    Agrarian reform, institutions and livelihood dynamics of emergent livestock farmers in Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

    Author: Gwiriri, L. C., Nov 2019

    Supervisor: Bennett, J. (Supervisor), Burbi, S. (Supervisor) & Mapiye, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy