Peter Howson

Peter Howson

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
History, Languages and Global Cultures


Dr Howson is a Researcher and Lecturer in International Development in the School of Arts and Humanities. He leads a number of modules across a range of different undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including the MA in International Development, and the Global Studies (Joint Honours) programme.

His teaching and research interests span critical theory, gender, race and development, ‘green violence’, environmental management and geo-politics in the Global South. Most of Peters teaching draws on his research interests and professional experience in the Asia-Pacific region.

Career overview

Before joining NTU, Dr Howson was a Lecturer in Geography and Development at Northumbria University, Newcastle. He was a Post-doc Researcher at Colorado State University in 2016, looking at Palau’s National Marine Sanctuary. Before that, he was a Teaching Fellow and PhD candidate at University of Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand. His PhD research explored the political ecology of climate finance in Indonesia.

Research areas

Dr Howson is a Human Geographer with research interests in forest and marine conservation, international development, ecotourism, globalisation, climate change, resistance movements, and non-state forms of governance in the Asia Pacific region. He uses a feminist approach to geopolitical enquiry and political ecology to explore the intersections of conservation and development, as well as responses to these interventions from below. His current projects include a collaborative analysis of the ‘Blue Belt’ network of marine protection measures in the UK Overseas Territories. Dr Howson is also looking at how cryptocurrencies and carbon trading are coming together to make trees more valuable standing than cut down, and what impacts the practice is having on forest-dependent communities in Indonesia.


Howson, P. (2018) Slippery Violence in the REDD+ Forests of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Conservation & Society 16(2): 136-146.

Howson, P. (2017) Intimate exclusions from the REDD+ benefits of Sungai Lamandau, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Conservation & Society, 15(2): 125-135.

Howson, P. (2016) Intimacy-geopolitics of REDD+: Exploring access & exclusion in the forests of Sungai Lamandau, Indonesia, PhD Thesis. Available from:

Howson, P. & S. Kindon (2015) Analysing access to the local REDD+ benefits of Sungai Lamandau, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 56(1): 96-110.

McGregor. A, E. Challies, P. Howson, R. Astuti, R. Dixon, B. Haalboom, M. Gavin, L. Tacconi & S. Afiff (2014) Beyond carbon, more than forests: REDD+ governmentality in Indonesia. Environment & Planning A, 47(1): 138-155.

McGregor. A, S. Weaver, E. Challies, P. Howson, R. Astuti & B. Haalboom (2014) Practical critique: Bridging the gap between critical and practice oriented REDD+ research communities. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 55(3): 277-291.

Course(s) I teach on

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    Undergraduate | Full-time / Part-time / Sandwich | 2019

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    Undergraduate | Full-time / Sandwich | 2019

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    Undergraduate | Full-time / Part-time / Sandwich | 2019