Dr Alec Thornton is a Research Analyst at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Germany). He has a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Sussex, UK. Since 2021, Alec is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Geography in the School of Science at UNSW Canberra.
Alec is a Research to Practice Associate, with the Institute for Global Development (IGD) at UNSW Sydney. Previously, he was Academic Co-Lead for Africa with the IGD. He is also a Senior Research Associate held jointly between the School of Anthropology and Development Studies, as well as the School of Tourism at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Alec specialises in Participatory and Sustainable Livelihoods approaches to monitoring and evaluations of food security, rural and urban agriculture and has widely published these topics in empirical case studies located in Uganda, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zambia, as well as in Australia, Germany and the USA. He is Honorary Senior Lecturer in Geography at UNSW Canberra and Research and Practice Associate at the Institute for Global Development (IGD) at UNSW Sydney. He is also Senior Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg, in the School of Humanities and the School of Tourism & Hospitality.
Alec is located in Berlin, Germany.
Specialties: participatory research, rural-urban migration, sustainable livelihoods, food security, food systems governance, urban and rural agriculture.
Editorial boards: Sustainability (2019-present); Australasian Review of African Studies (2015-2017); Urban Forum (2010-2016); Journal of Applied Geography (2010-2015).