Alec Crawford is a Senior Researcher with IISD's Resilience and Economic Law and Policy programs. Since joining IISD in 2004, his work has focused on mining governance; climate change adaptation; and the links between environmental change, natural resources, conflict and peacebuilding.
Within the Resilience Program, Alec leads IISD's work on Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding. This work has included extensive research and training on issues including conflict-sensitive conservation, climate change and security, as well as greening peacekeeping operations. He also works extensively on climate change adaptation, including leading IISD’s support for National Adaptation Plan (NAP) processes in the Caribbean region through the NAP Global Network.
Within the Economic Law and Policy Program, Alec works with the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) to better understand how countries can optimize the mining sector's contributions to sustainable development. This has included extensive work with IGF member states to assess domestic mining laws and policies, the development of guidance documents for governments in the management of artisanal and small-scale mining, and the design and delivery of demand-driven training programs.
Alec has a Master of Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University. He speaks English and French and is based in Toronto, Canada.
- Climate Change and Conflict: Lessons from community conservancies in northern KenyaThis report is based on the findings of research carried out in two community wildlife conservancies in northern Kenya earlier this year.
- Conflict-Sensitive Conservation: Practitioners' ManualThe Albertine Rift is one of the most biodiverse and ecologically unique regions of Africa. Sadly it has also been the site of some of the world's most violent conflicts in recent history. This turbulent context can pose a range of risks and opportunities to conservationists who are managing resources that can be both a seed of conflict and foundation for peace-building.
- Assessing the Security Implications of Climate Change for West Africa: Country Case Studies of Ghana and Burkina FasoTraditionally seen as an environmental and an energy issue, climate change is now also being cast...
- Boom or Bust: How commodity price volatility impedes poverty reduction, and what to do about itCommodity price volatility is a big problem for commodity-dependent countries and producers. With...