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Libby Blanchard, BA MPhil PhD

Libby Blanchard, BA MPhil PhD

Affiliated research scholar at the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute

Libby Blanchard studies political ecology, with specific focus on the political economy of climate change mitigation policies, namely the unequal distribution of costs and benefits from climate policies on particular groups of people.



From 2006 to 2012, I directed the development branch of a US-based coffee importing company to improve coffee producer livelihoods while conserving the biologically diverse environments where coffee is grown. During my six-year tenure, I raised $4.4 million in grants and oversaw development interventions in 11 countries.


  • PhD, University of Cambridge (2013-2017)
  • MPhil, University of Cambridge (2012-2013)
  • BA, Occidental College (2003-2006)


  • Gates Cambridge Scholar (2012-2016)
  • Lilly Endowment Fellow (2006)
  • Richter International Fellow (2004)
  • Toyota Community Scholar (2002)


I have also worked as an anonymous peer reviewer for the academic journal Ecosystem Services.

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