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Dr Richard Milburn

Dr Richard Milburn

  • Visiting

Visiting Research Associate

Research subject areas

  • Conflict and security
  • Environment


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 [], a Congolese conservation charity based in Bukavu, and is Research Co-ordinator of the Marjan Centre for the Study of War and the Non-Human Sphere, a research group within the department. Richard is also co-founder of a Social Enteprise, Tunza Games [], which uses gamification to engage people in conservation and raise funds to support conservation projects around the world.

Areas of expertise

  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Strategic Counter Poaching
  • Armed Conflict
  • Environmental Peacebuilding
  • Postwar Recovery
  • Sustainable Development
  • Natural Capital
  • DDR of ex-combatants


Recent Publications

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.