All posts by Aidan

The global conservation movement is diverse but not divided

The views of the wider global conservation community on fundamental questions regarding what, why and how to conserve are unknown. Here we characterize the views of 9,264 conservationists from 149 countries, identifying specific areas of consensus and disagreement, and three independent dimensions of conservation thinking.

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.

Asking sensitive questions using the Unmatched Count Technique: Applications and guidelines for conservation

UCT can be a useful tool for estimating the extent of non-compliance within a conservation context, but careful study design, robust sampling and consistent implementation are required in order for it to be effective.

Audience segmentation to improve targeting of conservation interventions for hunters

Abstract Audience segmentation could help improve the effectiveness of conservation interventions. Marketers use audience segmentation to define the target audience of a campaign. The technique involves subdividing a general population into groups that share similar profiles, such as socio-demographic or behavioural characteristics. Interventions are then designed to target the group or groups of interest. We ...

Detecting deterrence from patrol data

We test a robust, simple metric for monitoring patrol effectiveness using a mechanistic model of law‐breaking and law enforcement