Who we are

Chris Sandbrook is Senior Lecturer in Conservation Leadership at UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre, and an affiliated lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge. His research takes a political ecology approach to investigate the relationship between biodiversity conservation and society, particularly in developing countries.  He was initially trained as a biologist, but has a PhD in Anthropology, on gorilla tourism in Uganda. He teaches on the Geography undergraduate programme, and is Deputy Director of the MPhil in Conservation Leadership.

Bill Adams is Moran Professor of Conservation and Development in the Department of Geography in the University of Cambridge, where he has taught for more years than he cares to remember.  His first degree is in geography, and during his PhD he moved from being a sort-of ecologist to being almost a social scientist.  He works on the evolution of ideas in conservation and sustainable development, and what happens when they are applied.   He teaches on the Geography undergraduate programme, and the MPhil in Conservation Leadership.

We write this blog in our individual capacity, and our views do not necessarily reflect those of our organisations.

2 thoughts on “Who we are

  1. One danger not highlighted is that if those who seek funds know in advance that only projects that CAN be subjected to quantitative analysis WILL be funded – then by projects becoming self-limiting we risk a steady decline in qualitative analysis.

    I am interested, Chris, in what is now ‘political ecology’ and its methods – can you direct me to a suitable paper on methodology? Way back in 1976 I imported the term from Germany where it related to ‘engaged’ ecologists, much as sociologists were doing at the time. Methinks this is the history of rewilding in the UK – not a methodology thought-up and directed as a new conservation strategy, but evolving at a grass-roots level via active conservationists and ecologists, eschewing definitions and goals and seeking funding from independent trusts or crowdfunders.

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