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Dr Nicholas Pope

Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow

Biography

Nicholas is an early career researcher and practitioner with a background in political economy, geography, and anthropology. He is currently funded by the Leverhulme Foundation, leading a project entitled: “Green Transition Risks.”

He is currently working on research and policy ideas on the social and ecological risks linked to the drive for critical minerals required for the green/energy transition.

His work adopts a mixed methods approach, with ethnography-inspired qualitative methods combined with digital and artificial intelligence processing. Nicholas also has a track record as a strategist and practitioner, co-designing designing communications, analysis, and policy interventions with diverse stakeholders in Latin America, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the UK, EU, and Australia.

He completed his PhD in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS University of London in Development Studies in 2020. His thesis examined the development functions of militia groups in urban Brazil.

Before joining King’s, Nicholas was a postdoctoral fellow at SOAS University of London on the GCRF Drugs and Dis/order project, as well as working in consulting roles in the international development sector.

Research

  • Armed groups and critical mineral extraction in forest frontiers
  • Geopolitics of critical minerals
  • Critical mineral supply chains
  • Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting of critical minerals

Teaching

  • Globalisation, Development, and the Americas

Publications

Research

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Environmental Security research group

The Environmental Security research group brings together scholars from the security community and scholars working on issues of environmental security.

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Latin American Security Research Group

The Latin American Security Research Group (LAS) gathers experts working on international relations, defence and security in Latin America.

Events

05Marsolar construction site in Malawi with a boabab tree

The psychosociology of climate response for environmental sustainability

An online panel on how relationships ‘make’ and ‘unmake’ aspirations for justice in energy transitions.

Features

Armed militias in Brazil hold enormous sway over fate of Amazon – and the global climate

How is violence from armed militias leading to environmental destruction and resource exploitation in the Brazilian Amazon?

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Research

ESRChero
Environmental Security research group

The Environmental Security research group brings together scholars from the security community and scholars working on issues of environmental security.

_DSC0102
Latin American Security Research Group

The Latin American Security Research Group (LAS) gathers experts working on international relations, defence and security in Latin America.

Events

05Marsolar construction site in Malawi with a boabab tree

The psychosociology of climate response for environmental sustainability

An online panel on how relationships ‘make’ and ‘unmake’ aspirations for justice in energy transitions.

Features

Armed militias in Brazil hold enormous sway over fate of Amazon – and the global climate

How is violence from armed militias leading to environmental destruction and resource exploitation in the Brazilian Amazon?

901851EF-0F8F-4354-BE43-91A3665FE0DA