Knowledge for a sustainable world

PhD, MSc, BA (Hons)
Dr Tim Chancellor
Visiting Fellow in Capacity Strengthening and Partnerships

Visiting Fellows

Natural Resources Institute, Faculty of Engineering & Science

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Dr Tim Chancellor is a specialist in the capacity strengthening of individuals, organisations and institutions.  His early work was in sustainable pest and disease management in rice, banana, groundnut and tomato and he had long-term assignments in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.  He was also involved in several research and consultancy activities in Latin America.  He led NRI’s Plant, Animal & Human Health Group from 2001 to 2006 and from 2007 to2021 has been coordinating the Institute’s work on capacity strengthening and partnership development.  He helped to develop and manage the £11m continent-wide Strengthening Capacity for Agricultural Research and Development in Africa project funded by DFID (now FCDO).  He has maintained his research interests in sustainable agricultural systems and from 2014-2017 he acted as Liaison Scientist for the McKnight Foundation’s Collaborative Crop Research Program in southern Africa.  He has long-standing involvement in Agrinatura, the European Alliance on Knowledge for Agricultural Development, and is currently its Vice-President. 

Tim has contributed to the development of new approaches to capacity strengthening of organizations and institutions, including methodologies for institutional analysis and change management. A key challenge is how to address the capacity needs of the different types of organizations involved in agricultural innovation platforms so that they can work together effectively and achieve their particular objectives. New insights have been gained through initiatives such as the Platform for Africa-Europe Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development.

Tim is interested in the development and application of ecological approaches to insect pest and disease management. His work has involved integrating knowledge on the population dynamics of insect vectors of crop diseases with an understanding of temporal and spatial patterns of disease spread in order to bring about improved disease control. He has also carried out research on the economic, social and cultural factors which influence crop management decisions and on pest and disease control practices utilized by resource-poor farmers.

He is interested in exploring ways to make agricultural information more relevant and more accessible to smallholder farmers, especially those located in remote areas. A particular interest is how to harness the potential of new information and communication technologies for the benefit of smallholders.

  • Limbikani Matumba, Lazarus Singano, Bruno Tran, Mweshi Mukanga, Beatrice Makwenda, Wycliffe Kumwenda, Sharif Mgwira, Sam Phiri, Frazer Mataya, Talentus Mthunzi, Sharon Alfred, Tshilidzi Madzivhandila, Jonas Mugabe, Ben Bennett and Tim Chancellor (2018) Managing aflatoxin in smallholder groundnut production in Southern Africa: Paired comparison of the windrow and Mandela cock techniques. Crop Protection 112: 18-23.
  • Guerra, P.C., Keil, C.B., Stevenson, P.C., Mina, D., Samaniengo, S., Peralta, E., Mazon, N. and Chancellor, T.C.B (2017) Larval performance and adult attraction of Delia platura (Diptera: Anthomyiidae) in a native and an introduced crop. Journal of Economic Entomology 107 (1).
  • Parsa, S., Morse, S., Bonficaio, A., Chancellor, T.C.B., Condori, B., Crespo-Perez, V., Hobbs, S., Krosel, J., Ba, M.N., Rebaudo, F., Sherwood, S.G., Vanek, S.J., Faye, E., Herrera, M. and Dangles, O.D. (2014) Obstacles to integrated pest management adoption in developing countries. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111 (10): 3889–3894.
  • Posthumus, Helena, Martin, Adrienne and Chancellor, Timothy (2013) A systematic review on the impacts of capacity strengthening of agricultural research systems for development and the conditions of success.Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre), Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, London, UK. ISBN 9781907345463
  • Vice-President of Agrinatura
  • Member of the British Ecological Society
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