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Dr Kate Schreckenberg BA, MSc, PhD, FHEA

Lecturer in Environmental Sciences

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Dr Kate Schreckenberg is Lecturer in Environmental Sciences within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton.

My research deals with the challenges of achieving development for all in an environmentally sustainable way.

After obtaining an undergraduate degree in Botany and a Masters in Forestry from the University of Oxford, I spent a year in Burkina Faso on a German aid project doing land use planning with local communities. This was followed by two years working on sustainable tropical forest management with UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme in Paris. Keen to determine whether the economic value of natural resources was enough to underpin conservation, I studied for a PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies on the supply and demand of non-timber forest products in Benin. On completion of my PhD in 1996, I became a Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute in London, focusing on forest policy research. In 2009, a desire to balance my research with teaching brought me to the Centre for Environmental Sciences at the University of Southampton.

I have written 25 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 70 other publications. In addition to research and teaching, I coordinate the Centre for Underutilised Crops and have advised the government on forests and climate change.






Research interests

My research experience spans over 25 years in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Past and current research has been funded by ESRC, NERC, DFID, DEFRA, EU Tropical Forest Budget Line, Ford Foundation, CARE and IDRC.

My main focus throughout has been to investigate how farmers can individually and collectively obtain greater benefits from their natural resources. My research has covered the following areas:

  • Contributions of non-timber forest products to livelihoods;
  • Domestication of indigenous tree species and understanding the land use, tenure and market access factors that determine whether farmers retain or plant trees on their own land;
  • Natural resource governance, including work on community forestry and on institutional options for verifying legality in the forest sector;
  • Forests in climate change policy, particularly understanding how REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) may affect poor people’s livelihoods;
  • Equitable management of ecosystem services.
    I tend to work in multidisciplinary teams and often use participatory research methods and value chain approaches.
PhD supervision

I currently supervise six PhD students working on people-environment interactions. Topics include community gardens in London, beekeeping as a conservation activity in developing countries, ecosystem-based adaptation, governance of fuelwood and water resources for food security, charcoal value chains, and policy impacts on food security.

Research group

Centre for Environmental Sciences

Research project(s)

ASSETS: Attaining sustainable services from ecosystems

Defining equity in the context of ecosystem services

Indigenous fruit products and their derivatives: preserving safety and nutritional content

P4GES: Can paying for global ecosystem services reduce poverty?

WISER: Which Ecosystem Service Models best capture the needs of the rural poor?

Pastoral care for Environmental Sciences students



Book Chapters


Code Title Role
ENVS2009 Environmental Practice and Issues  Coordinator
ENVS6027 Natural Resource Governance Coordinator
ENVS1004 Environmental Science: concepts and communication Lecturer
ENVS1006 Environmental Science: research and applications Lecturer
ENVS6019 Contemporary Global Environmental Issues Lecturer
ENVS6028 Environmental Impact Assessment Lecturer
CENV6141 Bioenergy Lecturer
GEOG3042 Environment and development Lecturer
Dr Kate Schreckenberg
Engineering and the Environment University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number:7/5025

Telephone:(023) 8059 5389

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