Staff Profiles

Dr Rory Padfield

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

Department of Social Sciences

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr Rory Padfield

Phone number: +44 (0)1865 483740



Rory is a Development Geographer working at the interdisciplinary interface of human geography, development studies and environmental studies. Rory started his appointment as lecturer in human geography at Oxford Brookes University in September 2016 following six years lecturing at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

With a primary geographic focus on Southeast Asia and drawing insights from postcolonial and political ecology perspectives, Rory’s research engages with the broad themes of uneven development in the global South, digital development, supply chain and natural resource governance, and media representations of sustainable development. Within his research portfolio Rory has investigated the potential for digital technologies to support smallholder farmers in Southeast Asia, policy interventions for biodiversity, conservation and protected areas management in Peninsular Malaysia, and representations of climate change in the Malaysian media.

Rory's knowledge and experience of development in the global South is grounded in six years living and working in Malaysia and extensive fieldwork in Zambia during his PhD. Rory has developed a comprehensive network of local and international stakeholders which he draws upon to develop high quality research proposals and projects.