All posts by Aidan

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

The shaping of the global conservation agenda

Working alongside the IUCN, this project will identify key areas of controversy for conservation decision-makers and explore factors which shape the positions of IUCN members on these topics.

David Tooby

David's research aims to identify the position of international conservation organisations on key controversial issues