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Sustainable Wildlife Management: Socio-Economics Drivers & Implications of Conservation

Project Description

Project details:

Wildlife conservation of endangered species has been a growing concern all over the world, as human populations grow and their need for space and resources multiplies. The global conservation community, working through international bodies such as CITES, is committing significant resources to the fight against poor management of wildlife resources, loss of biodiversity and specific issues such as poaching, overfishing and habitat destruction (Hanley, 2018). However, serious questions remain concerning the effectiveness of current approaches and policies, as we continue to see a dramatic reduction in iconic animal species such as sea turtles in the Galapagos Islands, rhinos, and many lesser-known species.

This project aims at improving our current conservation efforts by applying socio-economic analysis to ecological research, in order to understand how to avoid developing and promoting non-take up solutions when we deal with ecological management and conservation. The PhD student will investigate and develop methods of designing and comparing interventions and policies, and communicating these to a range of stakeholders. The project will build an extensive understanding of the key attributes of stakeholder preferences in terms of wildlife management for different animal species, using multidisciplinary approaches. The final goal is to improve conservation strategies across the globe and create a more effective wildlife management approach.

This project will be supervised by Dr Martina Bozzola and Dr Jon Houghton of Queen’s University School of Biological Sciences.

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Specific skills/experience required by applicants:

The project is multidisciplinary in nature and will require skills in economics, statistics, ecology, conservation and animal health science. Previous work in data analysis and designing surveys a plus. Priority skills for further training will be identified depending on the background of the successful candidate. Willingness to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural team is essential.

All applicants must meet the academic entry requirements:

Funding Notes

Only UK and EU students are eligible to apply. Before applying, it is strongly recommended that you read the full information on eligibility criteria available from DfE: View Website.

Please note in particular that not all successful applicants may be eligible to receive a full studentship (i.e. fees and stipend) - please read in detail the Residency and Citizenship requirements in the document linked to above.

How good is research at Queen’s University Belfast in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 24.40

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