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Blaikie, Piers (1942–)

  • By: Joshua Muldavin
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Piers Macleod Blaikie, professor emeritus at the School of International Studies at the University of East Anglia, has been one of the principal voices in political ecology (PE) from its inception, providing decades of pathbreaking thinking, research, and writing. Blaikie received his geography degrees from Cambridge University, was assigned to the department of geography at the University of Reading (1968–1972), and then moved to East Anglia, where he remained for 33 years in the School of Development Studies (now the School of International Development). He conducted his PhD dissertation research in northwestern India from 1966 to 1970 on the spatial organization of agriculture and consolidation of landholdings in north Indian villages. He followed this with research on the family planning program in northeast India from ...

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