Dr. James Bennett

Dr James Bennett holds a BSc in Biological Sciences and an MSc in Ecology from the University of Warwick. He undertook his doctoral studies at Coventry University, researching small scale cattle production systems in communal areas of Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Since completing his PhD, he has lectured in Environmental Science at Coventry University and continued to undertake research in the Eastern Cape on the management of communally held rangelands and arable land allocations as common property systems. Specifically, this has focused on the sustainability of current grazing practices on former commercial farmland that has been transferred to communal ownership and the role of traditional authorities in the governance of communal rangelands. More recently his research has been extended to Ethiopia, exploring the changing management practices of pastoralists on the Liben Plain, the underlying drivers of this change and its impacts on rangeland quality and biodiversity. He has over 20 publications to date and is Editor in Chief of African Journal of Range and Forage Science. 

  • Saudi Marshes Project (2012): Mapping and rehabilitation of oil-contaminated coastline in Saudi Arabia. 
  • Institutions and Rangelands: struggles over commons governance in the communal grazing lands of South Africa (2010): Understanding institutional constraints in accessing and managing rangelands as communal grazing resource in South Africa.
  • Rangeland change on the Liben Plain, South-East Ethiopia (2011): Developing an understanding of the drivers of rangeland change in Southern Ethiopia.
  • Current and historical rangeland quality in relation to grazing management in communal areas of Eastern Cape Province, South Africa (2009): Assessing rangeland quality under communal and private tenure in the former homeland of Ciskei.
Coventry University No.1 Modern University No.1 Modern University in the Midlands
Coventry University awarded TEF GOLD Teaching Excellence Framework
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021