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Amber Huff

Research Fellow

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.

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Research

Project

System Change Hive

The System Change HIVE will explore and communicate visions of better lives to inform public thinking and work towards fairer systems that safeguard life-support systems and prioritise well-being and justice.

Project

Market-Based Mangrove Afforestation and Reforestation in Kenya and India

This study aims to understand and compare processes and relationships associated with the ‘marketization of nature’ – how nature-based commodities and markets for trading them are brought into being – in the context of mangrove afforestation, reforestation and restoration projects in...

Opinions

Publications

Journal Article

The New Politics and Geographies of Scarcity

Scarcity is a dangerous idea and has long been a totalising discourse in resource politics and mainstream economics. A large body of work has critiqued the naturalisation of scarcity in discourses of environmental change, and has highlighted problems in how scarcity is conceptualised and the...

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Lyla Mehta & 2 others

1 May 2019

Report

Green Development, Natural Resource Financialization and Emerging Conflict in Southern Africa with Examples from Implementation Contexts in Madagascar, Tanzania and South Africa

IDS Evidence Report 148

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.

1 September 2015

Amber Huff’s recent work

Cluster

Health and Nutrition

The Health and Nutrition Cluster pursues programmes of research and policy engagement on health systems, nutrition and understandings of zoonotic diseases. The focus is on bringing a critical social science perspective to how people, especially the poor, address their health and...

Cluster

Rural Futures

Through our research, policy engagement, teaching and training, the Rural Futures cluster supports the emergence of development pathways that deliver both greater social justice and sustainability for rural people and places, while recognising their important interconnections with urban areas...