Senior Policy Advisor, Forest Peoples Programme
Marcus Colchester received his doctorate in social anthropology at University of Oxford and has carried out extensive field research in applied anthropology mainly in Amazonia, South and South-East Asia. His human rights advocacy related to development and conservation has earned him a Pew Conservation Fellowship and the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Lucy Mair Medal for Applied Anthropology. He is a founder member of the World Rainforest Movement and was for many years the Director of the Forest Peoples Programme. He is now FPP’s Senior Policy Advisor. He has carried out several consultancies for international organisations. He has published extensively in academic and NGO journals and is the author and editor of numerous books including The Struggle for Land and the Fate of the Forests (1993) with Larry Lohmann, Salvaging Nature: Indigenous Peoples, Protected Areas and Biodiversity Conservation, and with Sophie Chao (eds) Conflict or Consent? the palm oil sector at a crossroads and is co-author of several, other recent books on the impacts of oil palm development in South East Asia. He is married with two children, and one grandchild, and lives in the Cotswolds in England.