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Senior Researcher and Program Manager

Oli Brown is a program manager and senior researcher for IISD's Trade and Investment, and Security programs. He also co-ordinates the Trade Knowledge Network–a network of developing country research organizations working on the ways in which trade and investment policies can promote and enable sustainable development. His main areas of interest lie in conflict prevention, peacebuilding, environmental management and trade policy.

Oli spent two years in Nepal managing education and environmental projects, and a year and a half as a trade policy researcher for Oxfam GB. He has worked on the UNDP’s Human Development report and completed consultancies for the International Organization for Migration and International Alert. In addition, he has written on a wide range of trade, environment and sustainable development issues, and organizes and teaches an annual graduate-level course on environment politics for Duke University. In his personal time, Oli is a climbing, trekking and mountain bike guide in Africa, Asia and South America.


  • Master of International Studies (2004): University of Dunedin.
  • Master (Hons) of History and Social Anthropology (2000): University of Glasgow.


English, French, German, Nepali, Spanish

Conservation and Peacebuilding in Sierra Leone
Paper: Oli Brown, Alec Crawford (February 6, 2012)
Conflict-Sensitive Conservation in Gola Rainforest National Park: Workshop Report
Paper: Alec Crawford, Oli Brown, Helen Finlay (August 30, 2011)
Battling the Elements: The security threat of climate change
Commentary: Oli Brown, Alec Crawford (December 11, 2009)
Give Peace (and the climate) a Chance
Commentary: Oli Brown, Alec Crawford (November 6, 2009)
Climate Change and Security in Africa
Paper: Oli Brown, Alec Crawford (April 6, 2009)
Trade Knowledge Network (TKN) Brochure
Brochure: Oli Brown, Flavia Thomé, Damon Vis-Dunbar (April 6, 2009)
From Conflict to Peacebuilding: The role of natural resources and the environment
Book: Richard Matthew, Oli Brown, David Jensen (February 23, 2009)
The Numbers Game
Paper: Oli Brown (September 24, 2008)
Migration and Climate Change
Book: Oli Brown (April 4, 2008)
Climate change as the ‘new' security threat: implications for Africa
Paper: Oli Brown, Anne Hammill, Robert Mcleman (November 7, 2007)
Supermarket Buying Power: Global Supply Chains and Smallholder Farmers
Paper: Oli Brown, Christina Sander (April 13, 2007)
Climate Change and Foreign Policy: An exploration of options for greater integration
Book: John Drexhage, Deborah Murphy, Oli Brown, Aaron Cosbey, Peter Dickey, Jo-Ellen Parry, John Van Ham, Richard Tarasofsky, Beverley Darkin (March 8, 2007)
Trade, Aid and Security: An agenda for peace and development
Book: Oli Brown, Mark Halle, Sonia Peña Moreno, Sebastian Winkler (December 15, 2006)
Good Times on the Commodity Price Rollercoaster: But how long can they last?
Commentary: Oli Brown, Jason Gibson (August 16, 2006)
Addressing Land Ownership after Natural Disasters - An Agency Survey
Paper: Oli Brown, Alec Crawford (July 27, 2006)
Growing into risk? Emerging environment and security issues in China
Paper: Alec Crawford, Oli Brown, Van Yang (February 1, 2006)
Natural Disasters and Resource Rights - Building resilience, rebuilding lives
Paper: Oli Brown, Alec Crawford, Anne Hammill (February 1, 2006)
Regional Trade Agreements: Promoting conflict or building peace?
Paper: Oli Brown, Faisal Haq Shaheen, Shaheen Rafi Khan, Moeed Yusuf (November 4, 2005)
EU Trade Policy and Conflict
Paper: Oli Brown (March 14, 2005)