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Helena Slater

Helena’s research aims to investigate the role of formal education in shaping the views and skills of future conservation leaders.

Impacts of land use intensification on human wellbeing: Evidence from rural Mozambique

Land use intensification frequently has unintended impacts on ecosystem services. Here, we we examine three case studies in rural Mozambique. Drawing on interviews, focus group discussions, 1576 household surveys and geospatial data from 27 Mozambican villages, we assess how wellbeing and inequality change with three common land use intensification pathways.

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.

Improving Environmental Interventions by Understanding Information Flows

Understanding the structure of information flow in a group, using tools such as social network analysis, can offer important insights for conservation interventions which aim to change human behaviour. This review introduces conservation researchers and practitioners to key concepts underpinning information flows and complex contagions for interventions targeting networks of individuals.

Predicting intervention priorities for wildlife conflicts

We surveyed conservation researchers and practitioners to explore how characteristics of conflicts and characteristics of decision makers influence recommendations to alleviate conservation conflict.

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.

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.