Dr Paul Munro

Senior Lecturer / Scientia Research Fellow
BA (Usyd); MA (KCL); PhD (Unimelb)
School of Humanities & Languages

Contact

9385 8043
Room 351, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Environment Policy, Political Economy, History: African, Human Geography, Environmental Politics
Tags: Land and water management, Renewable Energy, Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards, Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity, Rehabilitation of Degraded Environments

Dr Paul Munro is a part of the Environmental Humanities program at the University of New South Wales. His work, grounded in political ecology and historical geography, explores the various social, economic and political dimensions that shape environmental access, use, and control in development contexts. He has conducted a range of research projects in West Africa, Mexico and Australia focused on forests, water and the underground among other themes. His current research, as part of his Scientia Research Fellowship, is in the area of energy and development: how the dynamics of energy poverty is changing and the implications of these changes for questions of governance and justice.

Paul completed his BA at the University of Sydney; his MA at Kings College London and his PhD at the University of Melbourne. Prior this position at the University of New South Wales, he held variety of lecturing/tutoring/research positions at universities in Mexico (Universidad Modelo; Universidad Anahuac Mayab) and Australia (University of Melbourne; University of Queensland).  He is also a co-founder of Energy For Opportunity (EFO), a non-government organisation dedicated to the dissemination of renewable energy in West Africa. 

More information about Paul’s publications and research can be found on his personal website: www.paulgmunro.com 

 

Publications

    Book Chapters

    • Munro P;van der Horst G, 2015, 'Breaks with the past: Conflict, displacement, resettlement and the evolution of forest socio-ecologies in Sierra Leone', in African Frontiers: Insurgency, Governance and Peacebuilding in Postcolonial States, pp. 119 - 130

    Journal articles

    • Melo Zurita M;Munro PG;Houston D, 2017, 'Un-earthing the Subterranean Anthropocene', Area, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/area.12369
    • Munro P;van der Horst G;Healy S, 2017, 'Energy justice for all? Rethinking Sustainable Development Goal 7 through struggles over traditional energy practices in Sierra Leone', Energy Policy, vol. 105, pp. 635 - 641, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2017.01.038
    • de Rijke K;Munro P;Zurita MD L M, 2016, 'The Great Artesian Basin: A Contested Resource Environment of Subterranean Water and Coal Seam Gas in Australia', Society and Natural Resources, vol. 29, pp. 696 - 710, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2015.1122133
    • Munro PG;van der Horst G, 2016, 'Contesting African landscapes: A critical reappraisal of Sierra Leone’s competing forest cover histories', Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, vol. 34, pp. 706 - 724, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0263775815622210
    • Munro P;van der Horst G;Willans S;Kemeny P;Christiansen A;Schiavone N, 2016, 'Social enterprise development and renewable energy dissemination in Africa: The experience of the community charging station model in Sierra Leone', Progress in Development Studies, vol. 16, pp. 24 - 38, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1464993415608080
    • Munro PG, 2015, 'Book Reviews: Global Population: History, Geopolitics and Life of Earth, By Alison Bashford"', Australian Journal of Politics & History, vol. 61, pp. 450 - 483, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajph.12113
    • Munro P, 2015, 'Geza Teleki and the Emergence of Sierra Leone's Wildlife Conservation Movement', Primate Conservation, vol. 29, pp. 115 - 122, http://dx.doi.org/10.1896/052.029.0112
    • Kemeny P;Munro PG;Schiavone N;van der Horst G;Willans S, 2014, 'Community Charging Stations in rural sub-Saharan Africa: Commercial success, positive externalities, and growing supply chains', Energy for Sustainable Development, vol. 23, pp. 228 - 236, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.esd.2014.09.005
    • Jacobson C;Hughey KF D;Lynch AJ J;Nursey-Bray N;O'Connell M;Munro PG;Vella K;Whiley D;Dovers S;Carter, R RW, 2014, 'Twenty years of pacifying responses to environmental management', Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 21, pp. 143 - 174, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14486563.2014.917594
    • Munro PG;Melo Zurita MD L, 2011, 'The Role of Cenotes in the Social History of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula', Environment and History, vol. 17, pp. 583 - 612, http://dx.doi.org/10.3197/096734011X13150366551616
    • Hiemstra-van der Horst G;Munro PG;Batterbury S, 2011, 'Les réseaux illégaux du pillage: La demande globale de bois et la (re)commercialisation des forêts d’Afrique de l’Ouest', Écologie & Politique, vol. 42, pp. 47 - 58
    • Munro PG, 2011, 'Miguel, E. 2009: Africa’s Turn? A Boston Review Book . London: The MIT Press. xii + 161 pp. £9.95 cloth. ISBN: 978-0-262-01289 8', Progress in Development Studies, vol. 11, pp. 260 - 261, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/146499341001100310
    • Munro PG;Hiemstra van der Horst G, 2011, 'Conserving exploitation? A political ecology of forestry management in Sierra Leone', The Australasian Review of African Studies, vol. 21, pp. 59 - 72, http://www.informit.com.au/products/productdetails.aspx?id=1447-8420&container=IELIND
    • Munro PG, 2011, 'BOOK REVIEW: Emma Christopher. A Merciless Place: The Lost Story of Britain's Convict Disaster in Africa and How it Led to the Settlement of Australia', The Australasian Review of African Studies, vol. 32, pp. 152 - 153
    • Munro PG;Melo Zurita M, 2009, 'Aprendiendo del pasado: Impactos históricos de intervenciones en la agricultura de Sierra Leona', Ecología Política, vol. 38, pp. 92 - 95
    • Munro PG, 2009, 'Deforestation: Constructing Problems and Solutions on Sierra Leone's Freetown Peninsula', The Journal of Political Ecology, vol. 16, pp. 104 - 124

    Conference Papers

    • Munro PG, 2010, 'The Role of Water? Henequen, Chicle and the Caste War on the Yucatan Peninsula; 1800 to 1950', in The Role of Water? Henequen, Chicle and the Caste War on the Yucatan Peninsula; 1800 to 1950, Mexico: Revolution, Independence and Beyond Conference 2010, Canberra: Australian National University,, presented at Mexico: Revolution, Independence and Beyond Conference 2010, Canberra: Australian National University,, 05 - 06 July 2010
    • Munro PG;Hiemstra-van der Horst G, 2010, 'Conserving exploitation? A political ecology of forestry management in Sierra Leone', in Conserving exploitation? A political ecology of forestry management in Sierra Leone, 33rd conference of the African Studies Association of Australia and the Pacific,, Melbourne: Victoria University, presented at 33rd conference of the African Studies Association of Australia and the Pacific,, Melbourne: Victoria University, 02 - 04 December 2010

    Reports

    • Munro PG;van der Horst G, 2012, The Domestic Trade in Timber and Fuelwood Products in Sierra Leone: current dynamics and issues, FLEGT: FAO/EU
    • Munro PG;van der Horst G, 2012, The governance and trade of wood-based products in and around the Kambui Hills North Forest Reserve, Freetown
    • van der Horst G;Munro PG, Land cover assessment of the Kambui Hills North Forest Reserve and its surrounds, EFO, Freetown

Teaching

Undergraduate

ARTS2240: Environment, Sustainablility and Development

ARTS2248: Disasters and Society

ARTS3240: Environmental Humanities Capstone

Postgraduate

IEST5100: Frameworks for Environmental Management

 

 

Affiliations and membership

  • African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific

  • The Institute of Australian Geographers

  • Royal Geographical Society

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