The Natural Environment Research Council

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.

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.

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.

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.

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