University Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
Dr Liz Watson is a University Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the relationship between environmental and social change in Africa. It examines the ways in which people make their environments and landscapes, and how they respond to, and are challenged by, environmental change. It also examines the ways different environment and development policies frame different livelihood options, especially in the dryland regions of East Africa.
Dr Watson has also published on the importance of religion in social relations to environment and responses to climate change; on gender, environment and development; and on the impact of state restructuring programmes on collective identities in the Horn of Africa.
In 2011, she was Mellon Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Research into Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge. In 2012, she was awarded a Pilkington Prize in recognition of excellence in teaching at the University of Cambridge.