School of Social and Political Science

Grace O'Donovan

Job Title

PhD student

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Research interests


PhD Title

Eco-spatial Materialities of Inequality: A critical socio-ecological narrative and ‘object-based’ exploration of food, water and livelihoods (with disenfranchised residents of the Western Cape, South Africa)

Recipient of a full Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentship for the duration of this research.



  • 2014-2016: LLB Law, University of Stirling (Award for Environmental Law)
  • 2012-2013: MSc Africa and International Development (with Distinction), University of Edinburgh (Global Development Academy Scholarship)
  • 2008-2012: MA (Hons) International Relations, University of St Andrews

Previous research

I have academic and professional experience in international political economy, political ecology, human geography, spatial geography, eco-social justice, policymaking, and environmental law, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

I've contributed to research at academic institutions (University of Edinburgh, and the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and School of Geography and Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews) and NGOs (Scottish Fair Trade Forum, Democratic Progress Institute, Scotland Malawi Partnership) using qualitative, quantitative and arts-based research methods.