Amber Huff - Research Fellow
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Amber Huff is a social anthropologist and political ecologist. She is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies where she is a member of the Resource Politics Cluster, and a member of the STEPS Centre at the University of Sussex. She received her PhD from the University of Georgia, where her training focused on environmental anthropology.
Her primary areas of focus include politics of conservation, resource struggles and conflict, environmental policy, rural livelihoods and human adaptability and the politics of indigeneity and autochthony within resource struggles in southern Africa. Her recent and ongoing research investigates relationships among environmental policy change and wellbeing at the political and geographic margins, examines the role of land and investment reforms in exacerbating conservation and mining-related conflicts, and considers how dominant discourses of scarcity and security are increasingly entangled with both scientific framings of environmental change and sustainable development policy. She is currently leading projects on governance at the ‘resource nexus’, mining conflicts and natural resource marketisation in southern Africa.
Violence and Violence Reduction Efforts in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and Ivory Coast: Insights and Lessons towards Achieving SDG 16IDS Evidence Report 210 (2016)
This report develops evidence-based insights into contextual dimensions of violence and practices on reducing violence, from multiple perspectives and at multiple levels of governance. More details
Black Sands, Green Plans and Conflict: Structural Adjustment, Sectoral Reforms and the Mining–Conservation–Conflict Nexus in Southern MadagascarIDS Evidence Report 183 (2016)
This report is a policy analysis of international investments in Madagascar’s natural resources at the thematic intersection of extractive development, land reform, environmental preservation and conflict. More details
Green Development, Natural Resource Financialization and Emerging Conflict in Southern Africa with Examples from Implementation Contexts in Madagascar, Tanzania and South AfricaIDS Evidence Report 148 (2015)
In recent years, widespread uncertainty around global economic and environmental futures has contributed to growing advocacy for a global ‘greening’ of the economy involving the coordinated establishment of pro-environment economic policies and programmes around the world. More details
Understanding Relationships between the Green Economy, Resource Financialization and ConflictIDS Policy Briefing 95 (2015)
A key aspect of the United Nations’ sustainable development approach centres on creating markets for financialized ‘natural capital’ products, particularly in resource-rich, lower-income countries. The appeal of this comes from a set of policy promises termed the ‘triple-win’: achieving environmental sustainability, socially inclusive economic growth and poverty alleviation. More details
Just another drop in the bucket on World Water Day?22 Mar 2017
By Amber Huff
Ebola: exposing the failure of international development25 Feb 2015
By Amber Huff