My research and teaching interests focus on the interconnected themes of conservation and social-ecological change. I am specifically interested in human behavioural, institutional and policy elements of managing social-ecological systems (SES) in a rapidly changing world.
The following focal areas represent a sample of ongoing and emerging research projects and interests:
Biodiversity Conservation in a Post-Wild World: How are preferences for conservation and management changing in anticipation of changing ecosystems? What is the role of values in shaping plural ideas and views about the acceptability of emerging proposals for conservation in an era of rapid global change (e.g. assisted migration, managing for novel ecosystems, rewilding)?
Politics and Production of Knowledge at the Science-Policy Interface: How are preferences, politics and science forged into conservation policy at key zones of conservation engagement and governance (e.g. Convention on Biological Diversity)? How do policy commitments made on the international stage (e.g. the Aichi Biodiversity Targets) translate across scales to shape national and regional policies and actions?
Dynamics and Drivers of Change in Social-Ecological Systems: What are the dynamics and drivers of resource use and governance in regional SESs where competing objectives are sought? What are the roles of human dimensions in shaping dynamics and outcomes in SESs (e.g. history, memory, institutions, perception, values, knowledge, equity)?
Prospective students: I am looking to work with students who are interested in applying social science perspectives and methods to advance understanding of complex, dynamic conservation and resource management dilemmas. I welcome interdisciplinary approaches and so an interest in social science may constitute a major (or integrated) research focus. If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree with me, please email me with a letter of interest and CV.