Dr Mark Hirons
Departmental Lecturer and Director of the MSc/MPhil in Environmental Change and Management
Mark is Research Fellow in Environmental Social Science who is interested in addressing inter-linked social and environmental challenges through interdisciplinary research. He is broadly engaged with research that investigates issues of well-being, inequality and justice with respect to climate change and natural resource governance. He is interested how different values and knowledges interact with institutional and cultural contexts in driving the governance decisions which underpin environmental and social change across a range of scales.
Previously Mark worked as a post-doctoral researcher working on the Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) ECOLIMITS project. This interdisciplinary project investigated the linkages between ecosystem service provision and the multiple dimensions of poverty in coffee- and cocoa-dominated agricultural settings, focusing on Ethiopia and Ghana respectively. The project used a range of methods to develop a holistic understanding of how ecosystems influence, and are influenced by, socio-economic, political and cultural conditions across various scales. Mark completed his PhD at the University of Reading which examined land-use conflicts between mining and forests in Ghana.
- Friedman, R., Hirons, M. A. and Boyd, E. (2018) Vulnerability of Ghanaian women cocoa farmers to climate change: a typology. Climate and Development: 1-13.
- Hirons, M., Boyd, E., McDermott, C., Asare, R., Morel, A., Mason, J., Malhi, Y., Norris, K. (2018) Understanding climate resilience in Ghanaian cocoa communities – Advancing a biocultural perspective. Journal of Rural Studies, 63: 120-129.
- Hirons, M., McDermott, C., Asare, R., Morel, A., Robinson, E., Mason, J., Boyd, E., Malhi, Y. and Norris, K. (2018) Illegality and inequity in Ghana’s cocoa-forest landscape: How formalization can undermine farmers control and benefits from trees on their farms. Land Use Policy, 76: 405-413.
- Hirons, M., Mehrabi, Z., Gonfa, T.A., Morel, A., Gole, T.W., McDermott, C., Boyd, E., Robinson, E., Sheleme, D., Malhi, Y., Mason, J. and Norris, K. (2018) Pursuing climate resilient coffee in Ethiopia – A critical review. Geoforum, 91: 108-116.
- Hirons, M., Robinson, E., McDermott, C., Morel, A., Asare, R., Boyd, E., Gonfa, T., Gole, T.W., Malhi, Y., Mason, J. and Norris, K. (2018) Understanding Poverty in Cash-crop Agro-forestry Systems: Evidence from Ghana and Ethiopia. Ecological Economics, 154: 31-41.
- Schaafsma, M., Utila, H., Hirons, M.A. (2018) Understanding trade-offs in upscaling and integrating climate-smart agriculture and sustainable river basin management in Malawi. Environmental Science and Policy, 80: 117-124.
- Hirons, M. (2014) Decentralising natural resource governance in Ghana: Critical reflections on the artisanal and small-scale mining sector. Futures, 62(A): 21-31.
- Hirons, M. (2014) Global Problem, Global Solution? Addressing the challenges of REDD governance. In, Gilberthorpe, E. and Hilson, G. (eds.) Natural Resource Extraction and Indigenous Livelihoods: Development Challenges in an Era of Globalisation. Ashgate, Surrey, UK.
- Hirons, M. (2014) Shifting sand, shifting livelihoods? Reflections on a coastal gold rush in Ghana. Resources Policy, 40: 83-89.
- Hirons, M., Hilson, G., Asase, A. and Hodson, M.E. (2014) Mining in a changing climate: what scope for forestry-based legacies? Journal of Cleaner Production, 84: 430-438.