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Dr Pete Howson

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Sciences

  • Pete Howson

    Senior Lecturer - International Development

  • Pete leads the MSc in International Development. His teaching and research interests span political ecology, critical theory, gender, race and development, ‘green violence’, blockchain-based environmental management and geo-politics in the Global South. Most of Pete's teaching draws on his research interests and professional experience in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Before joining Northumbria, Pete lead the International Development programme at Nottingham Trent University. In 2016 he was a Post-doc Researcher at Colorado State University, looking at Palau’s National Marine Sanctuary. Before that, he was based at University of Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand. His PhD research explored the political ecology of climate finance in Indonesia.



    Pete is a Human Geographer with research interests in blockchain-based forest and marine conservation, international development, ecotourism, globalisation, climate change, resistance movements, and non-state forms of governance in the Asia Pacific region. He uses a feminist approach to geopolitical enquiry and political ecology to explore the intersections of conservation and development, as well as responses to these interventions from below.

    Pete's current projects include analysis of the ‘Blue Belt’ network of marine protection measures in the UK Overseas Territories. Peter is also looking at how cryptocurrencies and carbon trading are coming together to make trees more valuable standing than cut down, and what impacts the practice is having on forest-dependent communities in Indonesia.



    Editor Asia Pacific Viewpoint 

    Expert panel member - AHRC's UK Climate Resilience Programme

    Expert Advisor - UNEP's Blockchain for Environmental Sustainability programme

    Expert Advisor (Climate Change) - Asia-New Zealand Foundation   

Pete Howson

Campus Address

Room B.310, Ellison Building


  • Geography PhD April 18 2016
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2018

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Building trust and equity in marine conservation and fisheries supply chain management with blockchain, Howson, P. 1 May 2020, In: Marine Policy
  • Climate crises and crypto-colonialism: Conjuring value on the blockchain frontiers of the Global South, Howson, P. 13 May 2020, In: Frontiers in Blockchain
  • Crypto-giving and surveillance philanthropy, Howson, P. 23 Dec 2020, In: Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • Degrowth and the Blue Belt: rethinking marine conservation in the British Overseas Territories, Howson, P. 1 Oct 2020, In: Ocean and Coastal Management
  • Ecomodernism: Technology, Politics and the Climate Crisis. By Jonathon Symons. 2019. Cambridge, MA: Polity Press., Howson, P. 1 May 2020, In: Global Environmental Politics
  • Cryptocarbon: The promises and pitfalls of forest protection on a blockchain, Howson, P., Oakes, S., Baynham-Herd, Z., Swords, J. 1 Mar 2019, In: Geoforum
  • Sociocarbon cycles, McGregor, A., Challies, E., Thomas, A., Astuti, R., Howson, P., Afiff, S., Kindon, S., Bond, S. 1 Feb 2019, In: Geoforum
  • Tackling climate change with blockchain, Howson, P. 1 Sep 2019, In: Nature Climate Change
  • Slippery Violence in the REDD+ Forests of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, Howson, P. 11 Apr 2018, In: Conservation and Society
  • Intimate Exclusions from the REDD+ forests of Sungai Lamandau, Indonesia, Howson, P. Jun 2017, In: Conservation and Society

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