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Ellesse Janda

Ellesse's PhD explores how public opinions of conservation actions are formed and influenced, and how opinion data has been gathered and used within governments and NGOs

Balancing making a difference with making a living in the conservation sector

We asked 2694 conservationists working globally how satisfied they were with progress toward goals important to them and examined how this varied among different groups.

Potentially harmful World Bank projects are proximate to areas of biodiversity conservation importance

We examine the relationship between potentially harmful World Bank-funded project activities and areas of conservation importance. We find that 5 by 5 km cells containing a project activity are more likely to contain a Key Biodiversity Area, or a biodiversity hotspot, and have on average greater richness of globally threatened species, than those without.

Effects of social networks on interventions to change conservation behaviour

We investigated how network processes such as information flows and social influence influenced behavior change in the context of a social marketing campaign to promote a wildlife poisoning hotline in Cambodia.

Combining simulation and empirical data to explore the scope for social network interventions in conservation

Using empirical data from a case study in Cambodia and simulations we examine the conditions under which using sociometric data can lead to greater dissemination of information and adoption of new conservation behaviours.

The role of incentive-based instruments and social equity in conservation conflict interventions

Using a novel interactive game around farmer land management decisions, we examine responses to three elephant conflict mitigation options

Consequences of survey method for estimating hunters’ harvest rates

We compare hunter recall interviews with continuous village monitoring, finding that methodological biases can have large effects on estimates of hunter catch.

New PhD opportunity: Understanding Public Opinions of Conservation

This project will examine current public opinion about conservation actions and investigate where, how and why public opinion is sought and used by different conservation organisations.

Using mixed methods to understand sensitive wildlife poisoning behaviours in northern Cambodia

Using the theory of planned behaviour, informant interviews and focus group discussions, we investigated drivers of wildlife poisoning across ten communities in northern Cambodia.

Estimating hunting prevalence and reliance on wild meat in Cambodia’s Eastern Plains

We assessed hunter behaviour, knowledge of rules, and perceptions of patrols amongst 705 households living within Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, Cambodia