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Dave Wilson

Dave Wilson joined Itad in 2015 and works in the climate change theme across two flagship DfID programmes and has 10 years of experience designing, managing and delivering environmental and climate change projects in the UK and overseas.

As a Senior Associate with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF),  Dave worked on regional level DfID and IFAD  on funded projects in Southeast Asia and assisted national government agencies in the Philippines to design appropriate policy responses to climate change impacts on agriculture. He also has extensive field experience working in Nicaragua and is proficient in Spanish.

Dave has significant experience delivering multi-country research projects including development of robust methodology protocols and monitoring and evaluation frameworks. With a background in environmental science, ecosystem service quantification and natural resource management, he has advanced research skills including statistically downscaling climate data, geospatial analysis, participatory natural resource and vulnerability assessments, systematic reviews and meta-analysis techniques and has published in various international peer-reviewed journals.

Nationality: British
Languages: English (mother tongue), Spanish (Intermediate), Tagalog-Filipino (Basic)
Country Experience:

Nicaragua, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam


2012 - 2014
MSc Environmental Science (Academic Achievement Award Recipient)
University of the Philippines, Los Banos (UPLB)
1999 - 2003
BA (Hons) Archaeology and Pre-history
University of Sheffield


2015 - Present
Itad Ltd
A member of the climate change theme at Itad Ltd and part of the team leading the Monitoring and Evaluation aspect of the Knowledge Management component in BRACED. Leading the development of the Climate Change Adaptation component evaluation in the I2I.
2012 - 2015
Senior Associate
World Agroforestry Centre

2008 - 2012
Senior Sustainability Officer/Sustainability Officer
London Borough of Camden

2006 - 2008
Assistant Policy and Projects Officer
London Borough of Camden


Data Analysis and Statistical Inference, John Hopkins University (Coursera Online)
Data Scientists Toolbox, John Hopkins University (Coursera Online)
Introduction to Analytical Statistics (R), Princeton University (Coursera Online)
The Science of Climate Change, Oxford University

Project Experience:

2014 - 2015
Evidence Based Forestry – Systematic Review of upland agriculture in Southeast Asia
(CIFOR [DfID], Southeast Asia) - Project Co-ordinator
Co-ordinating author and project manager for a DfID funded, CIFOR administered Evidence Based Forestry Systematic Review focussing on the livelihood, ecosystem service and forest transition dynamics associated with long fallow swidden systems in south-east Asia in light of emerging policy influences including and in particular REDD+. The role included desk based research and analysis, coordinating a team of global research academics and convening international technical meetings.
2013 - 2015
Climate-Smart, Tree-Based, Co-Investment In Adaptation And Mitigation In Asia (Smart-Tree-Invest)
(IFAD, Philippines) - Lead Researcher
An action-research project designed to increase the resilience of small holder farmers in Southeast Asia to climate shocks by incentivising the incorporation of trees into agricultural landscapes in the uplands.

Activities: Leading the inception phase for the Philippines component of the regional project.

2013 - 2014
Assessing long term climate trends in the Philippines
(OML Centre for Disaster Risk Reduction, Philippines) - Technical Writer
Assessment of observed climate trends in the Philippines between 1990 and 2010. Preparing and editing Philippines climate data for publication in peer reviewed journals including coordination with national meteorological scientists. Statistical trend analysis and interpretation of large time series datasets and development of thematic maps.
2012 - 2014
Assessing the impacts of Land Use Change on Ecosystem Services at Landscape Scale
(ICRAF, Philippines) - Lead Researcher
Mixed method research involving a large fieldwork component (watershed monitoring – streamflow, soil erosion, land cover change and water quality assessment), participatory approaches (Focus Group Discussions, Key Informant Interviews, Semi-structured interviews, Rapid Natural Resource Assessments) with rural farming-forest dependent communities, local government and other local agencies.
2010 - 2011
Design and Development of Plan Vivo Carbon Forestry Project
(Nuevas Esperanzas, Nicargua) - Project Manager
Development of a dry tropical ecosystem reforestation project to generate carbon credits and access carbon finance from the voluntary market. Primarily a poverty alleviation and community development project incorporating agroforestry systems to support a climate change adaptation and resilience plan.

Activities included grant writing, technical methodology development, monitoring framework (Key Performance Indicators), carbon sequestration calculations and financial modelling. Substantial fieldwork including Participatory Rural Appraisals with community members.

2011 - 2012
Green Economy Strategy, Camden
(London Borough of Camden, UK) - Project Manager
To conduct a review of Camden’s position as a leader in the local Green Economy.

Activities: Provided policy advice, guidance and options appraisal for local elected politicians and senior management. Developed a strategy to support economic development in Camden’s Green Economy including SWOT analyses and production of action plans. Performance management and reporting against KPIs for European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Data collecting, assimilation, analysis and management of complex datasets and technical report writing.

2008 - 2010
Camden’s Sustainable and Healthy Food Strategy
(NHS, UK) - Project Manager
Responsible for the development of Camden’s first Healthy and Sustainable Food Strategy (2009 – 2012).

Activities: Advising London Authorities on Food Strategy Development through GOL and the GLA’s London Food Board. Chair of Camden’s Good Food Partnership and responsible for maintaining key partnership with NHS Camden
Cost benefit analysis, risk management, financial planning and budget management across project portfolio. Technical report writing for senior management including Directors and Assistant Directors


  • Credits where credit’s due: a guide to community-level carbon forestry project development. (2014)
    World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
    Alforte A., Wilson D., Pulhin F., and Lasco R.

  • Climate risk adaptation by smallholder farmers: the roles of trees and agroforestry. (2014)
    Current Opinion in Sustainability. (6), 83 – 88 (Special Issue)
    Lasco R., Delfino, R.J.P, Catacutan D, Simelton, E and Wilson, D.

  • Long-term trends and extremes in observed daily precipitation and near surface air temperature in the Philippines for the period 1951 – 2010 (2014)
    Atmospheric Research
    Cinco T., de Guzman R., Hilario F. and Wilson D.

  • Modelling the effects of land use change and agroforestry systems on landscape scale ecosystem services in a Philippines watershed (2014)
    Conference paper resented to the World Congress on Agroforestry, New Delhi. February 12th 2014.
    Wilson D.M and Lasco R.

  • Chapter 2: Land Use Change, Agriculture and Forestry in a Changing Climate, in Addressing The Impacts Of Climate Change In The Philippine Agriculture Sector (2015)
    International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI - Washington).
    Wilson D.M. and Lasco R.D

  • Modelling the effects of introducing Agroforestry Systems and Conservation Agriculture with Trees (CAT) on sediment regulation in a tropical, forested watershed in the Philippines (2015)
    (Under Review at Science of the Total Environment)
    Wilson, D., Lasco, R.D., Espaldon, MVO. Calderon, M.

  • How do long-fallow swidden systems impact upon livelihood and ecosystem services outcomes compared with alternative land uses in the uplands of Southeast Asia? (2015)
    Journal of Development Effectiveness. Online Issue (Jan 2015)
    Dressler, W., Wilson, D. Clendenning, J. et al.