Dr Scanlan has been a Fellow of the Sustainable Security Programme since May 2018. Between June 2017 and May 2018, Ollie was Senior Programme Officer with the programme, focusing on climate security.

He has a PhD in politics and international relations from Dublin City University, focusing on forestry and land use in South Asia, and implications for climate change mitigation and the rights of ethnic minorities. He has worked , studied and researched in China, India and Bangladesh.

He has previously worked for Save the Children International and Oxfam. He has a BA in Modern Chinese Studies from the University of Durham and an MSc in Contemporary Asian Studies from the University of Amsterdam, and is currently a member of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Geneva Science-Policy Platform.