Robin is an interdisciplinary researcher in conservation, development and sustainable tropical forest management. Originally from a natural sciences and applied conservation background, Robin has returned to academia to explore the human dimensions of development-conservation challenges.
Prior to starting his PhD, Robin spent five years working for International conservation organisations. He worked for BirdLife International in Cambodia, establishing a new protected area in the far northeast of the country, putting in place protected area enforcement and biodiversity monitoring systems. He also led a successful Darwin Initiate application to develop an integrated conservation and development project focused on wildlife-friendly rice production in support of sustainable local livelihoods and has written policy briefs on this topic. Before this Robin worked in the Conservation Science team of Fauna & Flora International based in the world’s conservation hub in Cambridge, managing grants, project planning and impact evaluation.
PhD title: Investigating wins, loss and trade-offs for biodiversity and human well-being across protected area networks
Robin’s research approach is explicitly interdisciplinary, drawing on theories and methods from the social and natural sciences. He uses large sample quantitative assessment methods combined with in-depth case studies to provide complementary insights into complex socio-ecological systems. Robin’s PhD is exploring the development and conservation impacts of the policy mix of community forest management and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification in Tanzania, partnering with Mpingo Conservation Development Initiative.
Funding: ESRC White Rose Network Studentship, University of York & Leeds (2017-present).