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Dr Tim Chancellor

Director of Capacity Strengthening and Learning, Plant Disease Vector Entomologist
Agriculture, Health and Environment Department
Natural Resources Institute


Tim Chancellor trained as a vector ecologist and has spent many years overseas working on the ecology and management of virus disease of rice (south and southeast Asia), banana (Philippines and Uganda), groundnuts (Uganda) and tomato (Caribbean). In recent years he has continued to work on pest and disease management in tropical crops but he also specialises in capacity strengthening of individuals, organizations and institutions. He has an MSc in Crop Protection and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Reading. After working as an agriculturist for Tate & Lyle Technical Services in Indonesia and Ghana, Tim joined NRI in 1989. He spent most of the 1990s seconded to the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines. He led NRI’s Plant, Animal & Human Health Group from 2001 to 2006. Since then he has been coordinating the Institute’s work on capacity strengthening. Tim is also currently acting as Liaison Scientist for the southern Africa Community of Practice of the Collaborative Crop Research Program of the McKnight Foundation.

Research/Scholarly Interests

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 has contributed to the development of new approaches to capacity strengthening of organizations and institutions, including methodologies for institutional analysis and change management. An emerging 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. Tim is currently helping to develop a new global initiative which seeks to respond to this need.

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.

Current and Previous Funded Research Projects

Tim coordinates NRI’s inputs to the EC-funded Platform for Africa-Europe Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD). PAEPARD aims to facilitate stronger participation of African organizations in European-funded programmes and seeks to encourage the active involvement of the private sector and civil society. Tim leads the PAEPARD’s advocacy work and contributes to information and communication activities.

He helped to develop and coordinate a £10m DFID-funded programme on Strengthening Capacity for Agricultural Research and Development in Africa (SCARDA). The project worked with national agricultural research institutes and their partners in ten countries in association with sub-regional research organizations and regional educational networks. The first phase (2007-2009) was led by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, with a follow-on phase (2010-2011) managed by NRI under Tim’s leadership. SCARDA developed innovative approaches for identifying and addressing the capacity needs of agricultural research and education organizations and for linking postgraduate training to organizational development. In its later phase it designed and tested new approaches for enhancing the capacities of different types of organizations working together in agricultural innovation platforms.

In 2005-06 he led a European Union funded project (TELESUPPORT) which piloted a novel system for exchanging information on improved agricultural practices and natural resources management through the use of web-based communication tools and Village Information Centres. TELESUPPORT facilitated the creation of networks of information users and providers in West Bengal and Kerala by addressing key constraints and information gaps through a demand-led approach.

Selected Publications

  • PARSA, S., MORSE, S., BONIFACIO, 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.
  • CHANCELLOR, T.C.B. & LUDEMANN, R. (2012) Capacity Development in Agricultural Research for Development. Policy brief for the European Initiative on Agricultural Research for Development.
  • LUDEMANN, R., VAN DORP, M., KORMELINCK, A-M. & CHANCELLOR, T.C.B. (2012) Capacity Development in Agricultural Research for Development. Report commissioned by the European Initiative on Agricultural Research for Development.
  • POSTHUMUS, H., MARTIN, A.M. & CHANCELLOR, T.C.B. (2012) Systematic review on the impacts of capacity strengthening of agricultural research systems for development and the conditions of success. Chatham, UK: Natural Resources Institute.
  • ORUKO, L., METHU, M., EL-SIDDIG, K. & CHANCELLOR, T.C.B. (2011) An analysis of the capacity strengthening process and short term outcomes in the SCARDA project: The case of Agricultural Research Corporation (ARC) Sudan.
  • NELSON, V., MORTON, J.F., CHANCELLOR, T.C.B., BURT, P.J.A. & POUND, B (2010) Climate Change, Agricultural Adaptation and Fairtrade: Identifying the Challenges and Opportunities. Working Paper No.1. Chatham, UK: Natural Resources Institute.
  • HOLT, J., PAVIS, C., MARQUIER, M., CHANCELLOR, T.C.B., URBINO, C. & BOISSOT, N. (2007) Insect-screened cultivation to reduce the invasion of tomato crops by Bemisia tabaci: modelling the impact on virus disease and vector. Agriculture and Forest Entomology 10: 61-67.
  • SHANKARAPPA, K.S., RANGASWAMY, K.T., ASWATHA NARAYANA, D.S., REKHA, A.R., RAGHAVENDRA, N., LAKSHMINARAYANA REDDY, C.N., CHANCELLOR, T.C.B. & MARUTHI, M.N. (2007) Development of silverleaf assay, protein and nucleic acid based diagnostic techniques for quick and reliable detection and monitoring biotype B of the whitefly, Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius). Bulletin of Entomological Research 97: 503-513.
  • ROBINSON, E.Z., RANI DAS, S. & CHANCELLOR, T.C.B. (2007) Motivations behind farmers’ pesticide use in Bangladesh rice farming. Agriculture and Human Values 24(3), 323-332.
  • CHANCELLOR, T.C.B., HOLT.J., VILLAREAL, S., TIONGCO, E.R. & VENN, J. (2006) Spread of plant virus disease to new plantings: a case study of rice tungro disease. Advances in Virus Research 66, 1-29.
  • MARR, A. & CHANCELLOR, T.C.B. (2005) Mechanisms for enhancing the involvement of the private sector in agricultural research for development in Bolivia. Development in Practice 15, 325-336.

External Recognition

  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Pest Management (2001-present)
  • Board member, European Alliance on Agricultural Knowledge for Development (AGRINATURA) (2011-present)
  • Board member, International Centre for Development-Oriented Research in Agriculture (2012-present)
  • Member, evaluation panel for the BBSRC-DFID-BMGF-Government of India programme on Sustainable Crop Production for International Development (2011).
  • Chair, Programme Review and Monitoring Panel, Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research Capacity in East and Central Africa (2004-2006)
  • Advisor, DFID Crop Protection Programme (2001-2006)

Contact Information

Dr Tim Chancellor

Natural Resources Institute

University of Greenwich

Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime, Kent ME4 4TB, United Kingdom.

Tel: +44 (0)1634 883466

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