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Research interests

Fergus O’Leary Simpson is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp’s Institute of Development Policy (IOB) in Belgum and a visiting research fellow at Erasmus University Rotterdam's International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Netherlands. His research focusses on the intricacies between environmental conservation, natural resource conflicts and armed mobilisation in eastern DRCongo. His work has been published in the likes of the Journal of Peasant Studies and Political Geography. He currently teaches on courses covering culture, agency and development; and local institutions and poverty reduction at IOB. He defended his PhD at ISS on 03 October 2022.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Postdoctoral researcher, University of Antwerp

1 Oct 202230 Sept 2023


  • JA Political science (General)
  • Political ecology
  • Natural resource conflicts
  • Social contracts
  • Resistance
  • Armed mobilisation


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