I am an interdisciplinary researcher working to approach conservation questions using innovative methods. In addition to the use of analyses of people’s attitudes, I use economic valuation techniques and wellbeing economics to understand the relationship between communities, wildlife and conservation efforts.
Current projects include:
- a study of farmers’ attitudes to reintroduction of lynx in the UK and intentions to illegally kill lynx
- investigation of the determinants of the distribution of benefits from a national park
- a global review of edible orchids
- an investigation of the dynamics of fear and eco-centric attitudes regarding lions in communities around Hwange National Park
I have previously worked with stakeholder groups (sheep farmers, indigenous reindeer herders, and environmental organisations) to find areas of consensus within national carnivore management in Norway. Additionally, I have previously developed guidelines for minimising contact with venomous snakes in India, quantified ecosystem services in agro-ecosystems in Taiwan, and carried out field work in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Botswana, Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia, Laos, Costa Rica, Chile, and Norway.