Fidel C T Budy

Photograph of Fidel C T Budy.PhD candidate
BA Honours Business Management – University of Hull
MPH International Development – University of Sheffield


Office: G1


The impact of globalisation on rural Africa: conversion of land to biofuels production for international markets is threating livelihoods and local identity.

Supervisor(s): Professor Michael Woods and Dr Jesse Heley


After completing his Bachelors, Fidel spent parts of 2011 working in Liberia. His exposure to social and health inequality led him to return to the UK to undertake a Public Health masters in International Development with the University of Sheffield’s Geography Department. Whilst writing his master’s thesis on the geopolitics of development aid, Fidel recognised the influence of natural resources, especially land, on investment and aid allocations in Africa. Thus he has embarked on a research project exploring the impact of investments in land conversion from food to biofuels production on rural communities in Africa.

Group affiliation

Global Health Next Generation Network

Research Interests

  • Power and participation of local actors (politics and health)
  • Health inequalities
  • Rural development
  • Geopolitics of aid and investment
  • Citizenship and identity constructs
  • Globalisation in Africa
  • Biofuels and global land use priorities
  • Land grabbing
  • Male out migration and changing roles of rural African women

Source of Funding

European Research Council