Human interactions with and constructions of the environment

This group provides a forum for interdisciplinary research into livelihood economies, people-wildlife interactions, rural development and their relevance to conservation.

Areas of particular expertise include: changing land use and impacts on livelihood strategies, people-wildlife interactions, and human-induced disturbances on wildlife populations. Group members have extensive experience of fieldwork across Africa (West, East and South) and Southeast Asia. Research students have worked in a range of countries including Guinea Bissau, Uganda, and Columbia.

Academic staff with related research interests

  • Professor Catherine Hill, people-wildlife interactions, developing people-wildlife conflict mitigation tools, livelihoods and natural resources and conservation implications
  • Dr Kimberly Hockings, Great Ape accommodation to anthropogenic environments
  • Dr Matthew McLennan, chimpanzees in agricultural landscapes
  • Professor Vincent Nijman, the effects of human-induced disturbances (logging, forest fires, hunting and trade) on animal populations in Southeast Asia
  • Dr Nancy Priston, human-wildlife conflict in Sulawesi, Indonesia, spatial models of crop raiding, local perceptions of risk in human-wildlife conflict scenarios
  • Dr Amanda Webber, people-wildlife interactions and perceptions of risk
  • Dr Graham Wallace, people-wildlife conflict mitigation approaches and community conservation