Claire Bracegirdle


Learning from community conservation in GhanaClaire Bracegirdle

Supervisors: Professor Fiona Nunan and Dr Brock Bersaglio

Claire is an ESRC-funded doctoral student researching the governance of community-based approaches to conservation in Ghana. Her research seeks to better understand the dynamic interplay between pre-existing community institutions and newly introduced institutions of natural resource governance through two case studies of community-based conservation projects, conducted in collaboration with the Nature Conservation Research Centre.


After graduating from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, Claire worked for a number of international development and environment research organisations, including the Overseas Development Institute, the World Resources Institute and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Most recently, she worked with Forest Peoples Programme, supporting environmental and human rights defenders, and helping to produce the second edition of the Local Biodiversity Outlooks report.

Research Interests 

  • Political ecology
  • Conservation
  • Critical institutionalism


  • BA English Literature and Philosophy (University of Auckland)
  • PGCert Social Research Methods (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • MSc Anthropology, Environment and Development (University College London)

Contact Details


Twitter: @c_bracegirdle