Susan Canney

Research Associate


Research Interests

These are centred on conservation biology and the use of spatial techniques for:

  • Understanding human impact on (and interaction with) ecosystems and wildlife
  • Resolving human-wildlife conflict
  • Planning and implementation of conservation strategy and management
  • Participatory approaches to conservation management
  • Member of the Conservation and Science Committee of the Sahara Conservation Fund

Additional Information


  • Mali Elephant Project - an innovative approach to elephant conservation through engagement with the wider social-ecological system - ongoing (The Wild Foundation, Oxford Tracking Group, Save the Elephants) see 10 minute Tedx talk at the link below
  • Spatial analysis of ecological data for participatory park management in the Rodna Mountains, Romania (Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography)
  • Managed Elephant Range Scenario Planning research in Aceh, Indonesia (Flora & Fauna International)
  • Africa-wide spatial modelling of lion distribution (Wildlife Conservation Research Unit)
  • Impacts of cumulative ecosystem change on wild-dog energy budgets & persistence (Wildlife Conservation Research Unit)
  • Rewilding feasibility scenarios in Scotland (Wildlife Conservation Research Unit)
  • Understanding forest ecology and conservation in and around the Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand (Elephant Conservation Network and the Zoological Society of London)



Hambler, C & S. M. Canney (2013). Conservation. 2nd Edition. Cambridge University Press.

"Books that try to provide an overview of the increasingly complex world of global conservation are available in abundance, but few reach the high standards of this excellent 2nd edition, which aims to give an overview of conservation and to demonstrate the many interdependent specialisms required. It certainly achieves this, and more ...." Robert Sheldon, Ibis, The International Journal of Avian Science

"I've been reviewing various conservation related texts in my quest to develop a new module on Conservation Biology. I selected this book as my core text as it is newly updated, competitively priced, nicely structured, includes colour diagrams and makes good use of case studies. Need I say more?" Dr Sarah Taylor, The Bulletin, The Journal of the British Ecological Society.



  • Philosophical and evolutionary aspects of the relationship betwenn humans and nature
  • "Green Economics" and the alignment of human systems with natural systems
  • Global ecology and complex systems approaches
  • Forum for the Future's "Reconnections" programme for business leaders






Selected Publications

  • Hambler, C & S. M. Canney (2013). Conservation. 2nd Edition. Cambridge University Press. 

    C Packer, A Loveridge, S Canney, et al. (2013) Conserving large carnivores: dollars and fence. Ecology Letters doi: 10.1111/ele.12091

    Loveridge, AJ, & S Canney (2009) Report to Born Free Foundation on the Lion Distribution and Conservation Modelling Project. Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford.

    Szabo, E.A., A. Lawrence, C. Iusan, & S. Canney (2008) Participatory protected area management – A case study from Rodna Mountains National Park, Romania. International Journal of Biodiversity Science and Management 4:187–199

    Canney, S (2008) Environmental and Social Standards for Environmental and Social Impact Assessments on road projects in Democratic Republic of Congo. Environment and Development Group, Oxford.

    Canney, S., K. Lindsey, E. Hema, I. Douglas-Hamilton, V. Martin (2007) The Mali Elephant Initiative: synthesis of knowledge, research and recommendations about the population, its range and the threats to the elephants of the Gourma. Save the Elephants, Nairobi.

    Jepson, P. & S.Canney (2003) Values-led conservation. Global Biogeography and Ecology 12: 271-274

    Jepson, P. & S.Canney (2001) Biodiversity Hotspots: hot for what? Global Ecology & Biogeography 10: 225-227.