Elizabeth Harrison

Visiting Researcher, University of Leeds

Elizabeth Harrison

Elizabeth’s project title is From community-based to community-driven natural resource management in Zimbabwe: Analysis of experiences with CAMPFIRE. This thesis works to understand the reality of community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) in Zimbabwe through an analysis of four rural villages with differing involvement in CAMPFIRE (Zimbabwe’s formal CBNRM programme – the Communal Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resource Use), and to utilise this understanding to put forward constructive recommendations on what is needed to more successfully bring the conservation and development agendas together within natural resource management programmes in ways that have a positive and sustainable impact on local community livelihoods and poverty alleviation.

Elizabeth has been based at the University of Leeds since October 2011.


Elizabeth has an MSc Human Geography (Research) and BSc Environmental Policy, both at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Prior to her PhD, Elizabeth also volunteered with VSO in Nigeria as a Capacity Builder and consulted for an international environmental organisation.

Research interests

  • Climate change adaptation and natural resource management;
  • REDD+, deforestation and land degradation;
  • Alternative livelihoods and poverty eradication;
  • Governance and institutional structures for community empowerment and adaptation.