In 1978 I joined one of Africa's oldest universities (Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone) as a lecturer in the Geography Department. While teaching there I did my doctoral degree at the University of Sussex. In 1982 I moved to the University of Reading (England), and in 1993 I took up the Chair in Geography as a full professor at the University of Leicester. I was Department Head from 1995-2000. I moved to Texas A&M in 2005, where I was Director of Environmental Programs from 2007-2010. I moved to Adelaide in 2010 to become Foundation Dean of the School of the Environment at Flinders University. I have been an expert consultant for the World Bank, United Nations and European Union, was founding chair of the Biogeography & Biodiversity Commission of the International Geographical Union (1996-2004), and edited The Geographical Journal from 1997 to 2002.
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