Dr. Aoife Bennett is a political ecologist currently working as Extraordinary Research Scholar at the Universidad Nacional Intercultural de la Amazonía in Ucayali, Peru and Research Associate at Oxford University. Her research oscillates around the interaction between politics (broadly conceived), environmental change, natural resource and agro-commodity production/trade and local socio-economics. Her research is heavily field-based, currently focussed on Peru – always applying mixed-methods approaches to her work. In addition to her research, she is active in bringing research results to bear on policy change and learning for companies, NGO’s and other stakeholders about local realities, towards better outcomes for the rural and peri-urban poor. Aoife sits as Trustee on the Board of the Charity Action for Conservation, which brings environmental conservation and career awareness to teenagers in the UK, and she is Fellow to the Biodiversity Council at the World Economic Forum.