Eleanor Balchin Profile

Mres student (University of Liverpool)


My name is Ellie and I am a student at the University of Liverpool. I am currently completing an Mres in Quantification and Management of Risk & Uncertainty in Complex Systems & Environments at the Institute of Risk and Uncertainty in Liverpool, and will start my PhD September 2017. My PhD relates to understanding motivations behind financial risk taking by those who are switching from a subsistence model of agriculture to a more commercially focused, intensified model, and is supervised by Eric Fevre, Jude Robinson and Rob Christley.

I graduated from the University of Sussex with a B.A. in International Development in 2015. My dissertation for this was on conservation through commercialisation of non- timber forest products (NTFP); specifically, the attempt to conserve Morocco’s argan forest through commercialisation of argan oil.

Following this I completed an M.A. in Environment, Development, and Policy at the University of Sussex in 2016. My dissertation here involved producing a vulnerability assessment, relating to current vulnerability to future climate change, of smallholder farmers in Northern Uganda.


Supervised by:

  • Prof. Eric Fevre– Professor of Veterinary Infectious Diseases at the Institute of Infection & Global Health
  • Prof Jude Robinson – Professor of the Anthropology of Health and Illness at the University of Liverpool
  • Dr. Rob Christley – Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health in the Institute of Infection & Global Health

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