From poachers to protectors: engaging local communities in solutions to illegal wildlife trade

Combating the surge of illegal wildlife trade (IWT) devastating wildlife populations is an urgent global priority for conservation. Here we set out a conceptual framework to guide efforts to effectively combat IWT through actions at community level.

Emiel de Lange

Emiel's PhD investigates how the transfer of information influences the effectiveness of behaviour change strategies in conservation

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“Gorilla Warfare”

Conservation PhD student Zac Baynham-Herd talks conservation, politics, and re-framing 'human-wildlife conflict' at the Bright Club stand up comedy show, Edinburgh, 28/07/16

Iain McNicol

Iain's current research examines how Tanzania's Wildlife Management Areas affect the ability of local communities to respond to environmental shocks.

Gender Differentiated Preferences for a Community-Based Conservation Initiative

Community-based conservation (CBC) aims to benefit local people as well as to achieve conservation goals, but has been criticised for taking a simplistic view of “community” and failing to recognise differences in the preferences and motivations of community members. We explore this heterogeneity in the context of Kenya’s conservancies, focussing on the livelihood preferences of men and women living adjacent to the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Andrew Dobson

Andy is using agent based models to explore how ranger patrols and poachers interact, and what this means for protected area management.

Harriet Ibbett

Harriet's work in eastern Cambodia focuses on understanding hunting in a tropical forest ecosystem.

Game of Lions

Zac's PhD project uses experimental approaches to study conservation conflicts in northern Tanzania

Conservation Science Undergraduate Course

Our award-winning fourth year module introduces the field of conservation science focusing on changes in biodiversity, threats to biodiversity, protected area management, and people-focused conservation.

Zac Baynham-Herd

Zac’s PhD explores how conflicts are conceptualised and how conservationists intervene to resolve them, focusing on a Wildlife Management Area in Northern Tanzania as a case-study.