Richard recently completed his PhD within the Department of War Studies, researching the links between wildlife conservation, security, peacebuilding and development, conducting fieldwork in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. He acts as the UK representative of the Pole Pole Foundation www.polepolefoundation.org, a Congolese conservation charity based in Bukavu, and is Research Co-ordinator of the Marjan Centre, a research group within the department. Richard is also co-founder of a Social Enteprise, Tunza Games www.tunzagames.com, which uses gamification to engage people in conservation and raise funds to support conservation projects around the world.
Areas of expertise
- Wildlife Conservation
- Commercial Solutions to Wildlife Conservation and Biodiversity Business
- Strategic Counter Poaching
- Illegal Wildlife Trade
- Environmental Peacebuilding
- Postwar Recovery
- Sustainable Development
- Natural Capital
- DDR of ex-combatants
Richard’s research focuses on the security and development implications of nature conservation and the opportunities for new approaches to conservation to address security threats and generate jobs and revenue to support development and postwar recovery.
He is based in the Marjan Centre for the Study of Conflict and the Environment within the Department for War Studies.
- Milburn, R. (2012) ‘Mainstreaming the environment into postwar recovery: the case for ‘ecological development’’, International Affairs, 88:5, p. 1083-1100
- Milburn, R. (2014) ‘The roots to peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo: conservation as a platform for green development’, International Affairs, 90:4, p. 871-887
- Milburn, R. (2015) ‘Gorillas and Guerrillas: environment and conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo’, in Brisman, A, South, N. and White, R. (eds) Environmental Crime and Social Conflict: Contemporary and Emerging Issues’, Ashgate, Publishing Ltd, Farnham, UK, p. 57-74
- Chevallier, R. and Milburn, R. (2015) ‘Increasing the Economic Value and Contribution of Protected Areas in Africa’, Policy Briefing 125, Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme, South African Institute of International Affairs, Johannesburg, South Africa.