Integrating models of human behaviour between the individual and population levels to inform conservation interventions

Conservation interventions developed with little understanding of social system dynamics can result in simplistic and misguided approaches. More effective conservation, that seeks to influence the social drivers of ecological change, requires a more nuanced and predictive understanding of these drivers. In this paper we explore how ABMs and SNAs, separately and in tandem, could be useful for understanding the dynamics of structured information flow and examine the potential benefits of promoting a cross-over between the ecological and social sciences in conservation.

Incentives and social relationships of hunters and traders in a Liberian bushmeat system

Effective management of local bushmeat systems requires understanding of their social and economic dynamics, yet social elements such as relationships between actors are often overlooked. We provide the first detailed description of a rural hunting system in Liberia.

A Framework for Assessing Impacts of Wild Meat Hunting Practices in the Tropics

Hunting is one of the most serious threats to biodiversity globally. While the nature and impacts of hunting have been widely studied, many of the findings have remained disconnected. We review what is known about the conservation-relevant outcomes of different hunting approaches and highlight gaps in current understanding.

The Problem with Crime Problem-Solving: Towards a Second Generation Pop?

Problem-orienting policing aims to "change the conditions that give rise to recurring crime problems" and has become a popular model for analysing crime. To be successful, however, problem-oriented policing approaches need to take account of, the wider network of issues within which a crime problem and potential solutions are embedded.

Stopping wildlife poisoning in Cambodia

In parts of Cambodia, wildlife poisoning occurs as a method of hunting for meat consumption. Changing people's behaviour is a challenge for conservation.

The impact of uncertainty on cooperation intent in a conservation conflict

Little is known about how stakeholders in real‐life conservation conflicts respond to different types of uncertainty. We explored this question using a framed field experiment and interviews for an ongoing conflict between goose conservation and farming in Scotland.

Three PhD opportunities!

Projects available exploring (1) the role of education in shaping conservationists' views, (2) how trust is built and lost in conservation, and (3) how land management is shaping natural forest regeneration in Scotland.