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Dr Helen Dancer

Post:Lecturer in Law (Law)

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 876506
International:+44 1273 876506

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Helen Dancer is an interdisciplinary scholar, having practised as a barrister and trained as a legal anthropologist during her doctorate. She is currently an AHRC Leadership Fellow and Principal Investigator on a two-year research project Reimagining the Law of the Forest.

Helen read Philosophy and Politics (PPE) at the University of Oxford, before studying Law as a postgraduate at City University, the Inns of Court School of Law and University College London (LLM). She was awarded Astbury, Benefactors and Harmsworth scholarships by the Middle Temple and was called to the Bar in 2001, where she developed a specialist practice in children law. She went on to research women's legal claims to land in Tanzania as a Helena Normanton doctoral scholar at the University of Sussex. After completing her doctorate she lectured in Law at the University of Brighton and was a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California Berkeley. She also collaborates in research on gender, land and agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa with the Institute of Development Studies.


Lecturer in Law

AHRC Leadership Fellow

LPS Postgraduate Research co-convenor

Sussex Africa Centre steering group member

Community and Business

Project partnerships with The Woodland Trust and Forest Research

UKELA Wild Law Special Interest Group and Nature Conservation working party member