Stephen Mwangi

Researcher (locally controlled forest business), Natural Resources research group

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Telephone: +44 (0)20 3463 7399
Languages: English, Kiswahili (fluent), Kikuyu (fluent)

Stephen is a specialist in tropical forestry with an interest in sustainable forestry management (SFM) using participatory forest management (PFM) approaches.

He believes using people-centred approaches like community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) can result in a win-win situation for people (ie improved livelihoods) and the planet (ie sustainable forests).


Sustainable forestry; community-based natural resource management (CBNRM); rural livelihoods; governance of natural resources.

Before IIED

  • Business development manager for Africa, ClimeTrek Limited
  • Senior facilitator – private investments, Gatsby Africa (Kenya branch)
  • Project manager, Njoro community with Mau at Heart (Kenya)


  • MSc in natural resources management, Egerton University, Kenya (2023)
  • MSc in tropical forestry, Bangor University
  • BSc in forestry, Moi University

Current work

Stephen supports the forest team with projects on forests and prosperity – including research, capacity-building and policy work in Africa, Asia and Latin America with a specific focus on forest enterprise and value chain development in African countries.

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