Brock Bersaglio was born in British Columbia, Canada, and brought up in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia – although he completed his secondary school education in Kenya. Since finishing his undergraduate studies in 2009, he has worked in Canada, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia. He now lives in South Yorkshire, where he enjoys exploring the Peak District with his two dogs in his spare time.
His academic career began with the completion of a master’s thesis on the micro-politics of food aid in Turkana, Kenya, which he carried out through the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph. While completing his master’s degree, he also worked for an NGO on land reform and land-based livelihoods in the urban context of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
He later completed a PhD in the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto. His doctoral thesis – entitled “Green grabbing and the contested nature of belonging in Laikipia, Kenya” – was based on over 10 months of fieldwork in Laikipia, Kenya. During his PhD, he also consulted for the Overseas Development Institute on the livelihood impacts of oil and gas development in Turkana, Kenya.
Before joining IDD as a Lecturer, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield, where he was involved in research on development corridors in East Africa, including LAPSSET in Kenya and SAGCOT and the Central Corridor in Tanzania. During this time, he continued with his previous research on private and community conservancies in northern Kenya whilst beginning research on wildlife management areas in the Greater Ruaha Ecosystem of southern Tanzania.