I am a Scientia Research Fellow in the Environmental Humanities program at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. I’m also a co-founder of Energy For Opportunity (EFO), a non-government organisation dedicated to the dissemination of renewable energy in West Africa.
My research, 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. Most of my research so far has been located in West Africa – where I have been involved in research projects focused on forest conservation and energy use in rural areas. I have also been involved in research on water governance in Mexico and coal seam gas conflicts in Australia.
I completed my BA at the University of Sydney (2005), majoring in Geography, History and Government & International Relations, an MA in Environmental and Development at King’s College London (2008) and my PhD at the Department of Geography in the University of Melbourne (2015). Prior to my position at the University of the New South Wales, I have held variety of lecturing/tutoring/research position at universities in Mexico (Universidad Modelo; Universidad Anahuac Mayab) and other universities in Australia (University of Melbourne; University of Queensland).
I grew up in the Blue Mountains, and I am currently based in nearby Sydney. However, over the past few years I have had a somewhat geographically-displaced existence, having lived at different intervals in other parts of Australia (Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast), Mexico (Akumal, Merida and Puebla); the United Kingdom (London and Stafford); and Sierra Leone (Freetown).
Outside of my work, I enjoy cycling, and have been on extended bike trips across parts of Africa (Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania), Peru, Australia, England and Canada. Most of these trips have been done with my brother, Rob Munro, who keeps a record of them on his website.
Email: paul.munro (at) unsw.edu.au