Jamie’s PhD focuses on interactions between components of the development agenda, and specifically on how environmental goals may be affected by goals that are more ‘human-focused’ in nature. Using forests as an indicator of change, he will consider each of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and aim to assess whether conflicts or synergies exist that may hinder or help the achievement of multiple goals simultaneously. This investigation is expected to operate at multiple scales, including a systematic review of observed interactions, a GIS-based analysis at the national level (focusing on Tanzania) and detailed site-level investigation (also in Tanzania) to explore the social mechanisms through which these interactions may occur. This work has the potential to allow policymakers and development agencies to achieve greater alignment of their targets, and to avoid the challenges of conflicting areas of interest.
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