Dan Brockington

Dan is Director of SIID, previously Professor of Conservation and Development at the University of Manchester. He trained as an anthropologist at UCL, where he wrote his Ph.D. under Kathy Homewood’s supervision, and then worked at the Geography Departments of the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford before moving to Manchester and Sheffield respectively.

Most of Dan’s research has been in Tanzania, where he has worked on livelihood change, natural resource governance, microfinance, and institutional performance, however, he has also worked in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and India. His broader interests include work on global overviews of the social impacts of protected areas, media and conservation and continental-wide examinations of the work of conservation NGOs in sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently he has worked on celebrity and development, based largely on work in the UK. He is happiest conducting long term field research in remote areas of East Africa but also learns much from studying organizations and the occasional plush fundraising event.

Posts by Dan Brockington

The strange neglect of diversity within microfinance institutions

This blog is Dan Brockington’s highlights on how the branch performance in BRAC-Tanzania varies considerably and seemed to reflect the influence of strong or weak area managers. He notes that this diversity of performance within microfinance organizations matters—it has been neglected and this could cause problems later.