My research interests are in the areas of natural resource management and development and my previous research has included studies on soil fertility management in Jamaica, household food security in rural Sri Lanka and Zambia, women’s participation in shea nut markets in Ghana, and the impact of biodiversity change on forest based livelihoods in south India.
My current research explores the way in which concepts of carbon are communicated to local communities within carbon credit projects.
I completed my PhD in Geography at Royal Holloway University of London in 1999 following which I worked at the West Africa Rice Development Agency (now Africa Rice) in Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire. Before joining CCCU I held teaching and research positions at SOAS University of London, Birkbeck and University of Kent.
Research and knowledge exchange
Jennie Harvey – The utilization of agricultural biodiversity of Chagga homegardens and its relevance to local livelihoods and food security in Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania.
Rachael Hannay – The impacts of forest tenure on forest degradation.
Teaching and subject expertise
I am programme director for BSc Environmental Science
I teach the following modules within the BSc Geography programme:
Level 4 Introduction to Environmental Issues
Level 5 Environment and Development
Level 6 Countryside Conservation and Managment
I act as external supervisor for MSc dissertations for the University of London External Programme in the areas of environment and development.
Member of East Kent NHS Local Research Ethics Committee from 2004 to 2009
Publications and research outputs
Kent, R. (2018) “‘Helping’ or ‘appropriating’? Gender relations in shea production in northern Ghana” Society and Natural Resources 31 (3) pp.367–381.
Poole N, Audia, C Kaboret B and R Kent (2016) ‘Tree products, food security and livelihoods: a household study of Burkina Faso’, Environmental Conservation, pp. 1–9.
Kent, R., & Dorward, A. (2015) Livelihood responses to Lantana camara invasion and biodiversity change in southern India: application of an asset function framework. Regional Environmental Change, 15(2): 353-36
Kent, R. (2014) Patterns of food consumption in conflict affected households in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. In P. S. Collinson and MacBeth H. eds. Food in Zones of Conflict: cross-disciplinary perspectives. Berghahn Books. pp 65-76
Kent, R. Bakaweri, C. and Poole N (2014) Facilitating entry into shea processing: a study of two interventions in northern Ghana. Food Chains 4(3):209-224.
Kent, R and MacRae, M. (2010) Agricultural livelihoods and nutrition - exploring the links with women in Zambia.' Gender and Development, 18 (3). pp. 387-409.
Johnson, D. E. and Kent, R (2002) The impact of cropping on weed species composition in rice after fallow across a hydrological gradient. Weed Research, 42 (2). pp. 89-99.
Kent, R (2002) History and necessity: the evolution of soil conservation technology in a Jamaican farming system. The Geographical Journal, 168 . pp. 48-56.
Kent, R and Johnson, DE and Becker, M (2001) The influence of cropping system on weed communities of rice in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa. Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment, 87 (3). pp. 299-307.
Kent, R and Johnson, DE (2001) Influence of flood depth and duration on growth of lowland rice weeds, Cote d’Ivoire. Crop Protection, 20 (8). pp. 691-694.