Researcher

Dr Paul George Munro

My Expertise

My most prominent areas of expertise relate to energy policy and forest governance in Africa.

 

 

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

I am a DECRA and Scientia Senior Research Fellow in Human Geography within the Environment and Society group at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney. I am also the convenor for the Environmental Humanities major. I have an established research record in the fields of political ecology and environmental history, and have written extensively on forest governance and energy justice, with a particular geographical focus on Sub-Saharan...view more

I am a DECRA and Scientia Senior Research Fellow in Human Geography within the Environment and Society group at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney. I am also the convenor for the Environmental Humanities major. I have an established research record in the fields of political ecology and environmental history, and have written extensively on forest governance and energy justice, with a particular geographical focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.

My current research is focused on the changing geographies of energy poverty. How the emergence of new technologies (e.g., small-scale photovoltaic power), new trade dynamics and financial platforms (e.g., mobile money) have reshaped how people realise their energy needs in poor rural settings. I am currently engaged in research in  Uganda, Kenya, Ghana and Vanuatu.

I have also written extensively on forest governance in Sierra Leone, drawing from large-scale research projects that have been funded by the European Union, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and USAID. Drawing from this research, I authored the book: Colonial Seeds in Africa Soil: a critical history of forest conservation in Sierra Leone.


My Qualifications

PhD in Geography, University of Melbourne; Master of Arts, in Environment and Development, Kings College London; Bachelor of Arts, Geography; History; Government & International Relations, University of Sydney


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

I am interested in supervising students with a background in critical geography (or a cognate discipline) in the areas of political ecology, environmental history, forest governance and energy geographies

Interested students should contact me with a CV, a short research proposal (include references to key scholarship that want to build upon) and a short statement explaining why they believe I would be a good fit as a supervisor.


Currently supervising

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PhD

Govinda Paudel. Thesis title (tentative): A Political Ecology of Community Forestry in Nepal; 2019 to present.

*Hai-Yuen Tuilima. Thesis title (tentative): Protecting Traditional Knowledge and Confronting Biopiracy.; 2018 to present. (Primary Supervisor: A/Prof Dan Robinson)

Shanil Samakaroon. Thesis title (tentative): How are issues of energy justice entangled in the process of household solar adoption in northern Malawi; 2017 to present.

*Sue Slowikowski. Thesis Title: Making Sense of Disaster - Identity Challenges from a Bushfire.  Completed in 2017. (Primary supervisor: Professor Judy Motion

Honours

Taylor Coyne. Fishing for Answers: Sustainable small-scale fish farming in post-conflict Uganda.  2018 to present (co-supervised with A/Prof Jes Sammut).

Amy Ow. Understanding Human-Tree Relationships: A Case Study of the CBD and South-East Lightrail Project. Completed in 2016.


My Engagement

I am a member of the Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG), and the Geographical Society of New South Wales, and the African Studies Association of Australasian and the Pacific.

I am also the co-founder of Energy for Opportunity (EFO), a non-for-profit organisation based in West Africa that is dedicated to the spread of renewable energy in the region. Since 2009, EFO has completed over 200 renewable energy installations in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana and Benin, ranging from pico-solar dissemination projects to village-level micro-grids.


My Teaching

I am the course convenor for ARTS2240 "Environment, Sustainability and Development" which forms part of the Environmental Humanities undergraduate major.

I am interested in supervising PhD, MRes and Honours students with a background in critical geography (or a cognate discipline) in the areas of environmental history, forest governance and energy geographies. Interested students should contact me with a CV, a short research proposal (include references to key scholarship that want to build upon) and a short statement explaining why they believe I would be a good fit as a supervisor.

 

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