Dr Ivan Scales

Subject: Geography
Sir Harvey McGrath College Associate Professor and Director of Studies in Geography; Admissions Tutor (Arts and Social Sciences); Tutor

Dr Ivan Scales is a College Associate Professor and Director of Studies in Geography. He is also Admissions Tutor for Arts and Humanities subjects. His research focuses on environment and development issues, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. Current projects include research on agricultural innovation and food security; the political ecology of African mangroves; the political ecology of tropical forests and deforestation; and the diversity of environmental values (including work on biodiversity conservation and green capitalism). He received his first degree in Ecology from the University of Durham, followed by a Masters degree in Anthropology from University College London and a PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge. Dr Scales is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Centre for African Studies and the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute.

  • Scales, I.R. (2017) ‘Tropical forests, politics, and power: from colonial concessions to carbon credits’ The Brown Journal of World Affairs 23, 191-206
  • Lau, J.D. and Scales, I.R. (2016) ‘Identity, subjectivity and natural resource use: How ethnicity, gender and class intersect to influence mangrove oyster harvesting in The Gambia' Geoforum 69, 136-146
  • Scales, I.R. (2015) ‘Paying for nature: What every conservationist should know about political economy’ Oryx 49, 226-231
  • Scales I.R. (2014) ‘Green consumption, ecolabelling and capitalism’s environmental limits’. Geography Compass 8 (7), 477-489
  • Scales, I.R. ed (2014) Conservation and Environmental Management in Madagascar. Routledge, London.