Mark Hirons

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Mark is a post-doctoral researcher working on the Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) ECOLIMITS project. This interdisciplinary project will be investigating 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 will use 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. This understanding will feed into the identification of poverty alleviation strategies which account for the complexity of ecosystems and the lives they support. Previously, Mark completed his PhD at the University of Reading which examined land-use conflicts between mining and forests in Ghana.


Recent Relevant Publications: 

Hirons, M. (2015). Trees for development? Articulating the ambiguities of power, authority and legitimacy in governing Ghana’s mineral rich forests. The Extractive Industries and Society, 2, 491-499. 

Hirons, M., Hilson, G., Asase, A. and Hodson, M. (2014). Mining in a Changing Climate: What scope for forestry-based legacies? Journal of Cleaner Production, 84, 430-438.

Hirons, M. (2014). Decentralizing natural resource governance in Ghana – critical reflections on the artisanal and small-scale mining sector. Futures, 62, 21-31.

Hirons, M. (2014). Global Problem, Global Solution? Addressing the challenges of REDD governance. In: Natural Resource Extraction and Indigenous Livelihoods: Development Challenges in an Era of Globalisation. (E. Gilberthorpe and G. Hilson eds.). Surrey, UK: Ashgate.  

Hirons, M. (2013). Shifting sand, shifting livelihoods? Reflections on a coastal gold rush in Ghana. Resources Policy, 40, 83-89.

Hirons, M. (2013). Mining in Ghana’s Forests: Cross-sectoral linkages and the prospects for REDD. International Development Planning Review, 35 (3), 283-302.

Hirons, M. (2011). Locking-in carbon, Locking-out Livelihoods? ASM and REDD in Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of International Development, 23 (8), 1140-1150.

Hirons, M. (2011). Managing artisanal and small-scale mining in forest areas: perspectives from a poststructural political ecology. The Geographical Journal.177 (4), 347-356.