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Phil Franks

Phil Franks

Senior researcher, Biodiversity,

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)


Phil Franks is a senior researcher within the Biodiversity group at IIED, working on conservation and human-wellbeing/poverty, natural resource governance, REDD+ and climate-smart agriculture. He has particular experience in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, DRC, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Ghana, Nepal, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru. His current work focuses on the assessment of the social impacts of protected areas, integrated conservation and development, equity in conservation and REDD+ and social and environmental safeguards for REDD+.

Before he joined IIED, he was Global Coordinator, Poverty, Environmental and Climate Change Network at CARE International, a Project Coordinator at BirdLife International and a Project Manager, Development through Conservation, CARE Uganda. He has an MA Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MSc in Resource Management from Edinburgh University.


  • natural resource governance
  • climate-smart agriculture
  • REDD+ (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation)
  • conservation and human-wellbeing/poverty