Phil Franks

Principal researcher (biodiversity), Natural Resources

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Telephone: +44 (0)20 3463 7399
Languages: English, French

Phil Franks is an expert on the social dimension of natural resource management and conservation, with a particular focus on better understanding and applying social equity principles in this context.

He is currently working on the development of stakeholder-led methods for assessing the social impacts of protected areas and their governance, equity in conservation, links between conservation and development, managing trade-offs between conservation and food production in Africa, and social and environmental safeguards. He has extensive experience in Africa, Nepal, Southeast Asia and South America.


  • Conservation and human-wellbeing/poverty, natural resource governance, REDD+, climate-smart agriculture
  • Particular experience in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, DRC, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Ghana, Nepal, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru

Before IIED

  • Global coordinator, Poverty, Environmental and Climate Change Network, CARE International
  • Project coordinator, BirdLife International
  • Project manager, Development through Conservation, CARE Uganda.
  • MA Natural Sciences, Cambridge University.  MSc Resource Management, Edinburgh University

Current work

  • Assessment of the social impacts of protected areas
  • Integrated conservation and development
  • Equity in conservation and REDD+
  • Social and environmental safeguards for REDD+

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