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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, 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
  • 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.

Recent Publications