PhD Student
Aberystwyth University

After completing his Bachelors, Fidel spent two years working in Liberia. Firstly, as a radio producer for the state broadcaster and then marketing manager of a commercial bank. His exposure to social and health inequality led him to return to the UK 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. Fidel is a postgraduate fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG and the Centre for Welsh Politics and Society (CWPS).

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)’ is a major research project funded by the European Research Council . The study aims 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)