PhD Student
Aberystwyth University

Thesis: Experiences and responses to the impacts of land grabbing in rural Liberia
After completing his Bachelors, Fidel spent parts of 2011 in Liberia. His exposure to social and health inequality led him to undertake a Public Health masters in International Development with the University of Sheffield’s Geography Department. Whilst writing his master’s thesis on the geopolitics of development aid, Fidel recognised the influence of natural resources, especially land, on investment and aid allocations in Africa. Thus he has embarked on a research project exploring the impact of investments in land conversion from food to biofuels production on rural communities in Africa.

Research Interests

  • Power and participation of local actors (politics and health)

  • Health inequalities

  • Rural development

  • Geopolitics of aid and investment

  • Citizenship and identity

  • Globalisation in Africa

  • Biofuels and global land use priorities

  • Land grabbing

  • Changing roles of rural African women

Current Research

My current research is looking about the impact of large scale agro-land investments in rural Liberia. My main focus is on how the conversion of subsistence farmland to large plantation concessions impacts livelihoods, power relations and local identity.

‘The Global Countryside: Rural Change and Development in Globalization (GLOBAL-RURAL)’ was a major research project funded by the European Research Council. The study aimed to advance our understanding of the workings and impact of globalization in rural regions through the
Research Team:
Michael Woods (Aberystwyth University), Jesse Heley (Aberystwyth University), Laura Jones (Aberystwyth University), Anthonia Onyeahialam (Aberystwyth University), Marc Welsh (Aberystwyth University), Fidel Budy (Aberystwyth University)