Brian Child earned a B.Sc. (Hon) degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zimbabwe, and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford (Rhodes Scholar) with a comparative study of the ecology and economics of livestock and wildlife in drylands in southern Africa. He provided extension and research to private conservation landholders in Zimbabwe, and played a leading role in the development of Zimbabwe’s Communal Area Management Programme for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE). In Zambia he developed a sustainable park management system and a community conservation program in the Luangwa Valley, and introduced performance-based law enforcement in the greater Kafue ecosystem. He chaired IUCN’s Southern African Sustainable Use Specialist Group for six years, promoting the concept of conservation as a local development strategy, and facilitating southern practitioners to publish five books or journal special editions. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Florida, with his research focusing on the institutional economics and governance of state, private and community conservation, but with a primary interest in developing new research/education approaches that bridge research and practice. He has published or co-polished seven books and 60 peer-reviewed articles. As a consultant he has planned or reviewed over seventy projects on park and community sustainability or educational capacity building for numerous development agencies (UNDP/GEF, NORAD, USAID, World Bank, Danida). He also works for The Nature Conservancy to develop governance, livelihoods and economic monitoring systems for large landscapes.