As a social scientist, my role is to design, manage and interpret sociological research, often within interdisciplinary projects, using a range of methodologies to improve socio-ecological outcomes. This involves understanding the social factors that shape human interactions with the natural environment.
My main areas of expertise are: social, cultural and relational values of marine ecosystem services, human dimensions of wildlife, biodiversity governance, conflict transformation, attitudes towards biodiversity management, transformative travel, non-monetary value chain analysis. This research has significant impact because it often explores the interface between science and policy, for example when scientific evidence affects stakeholder livelihoods.
I have been working in environmental conservation within the ENGO, government and academic sectors since 2000. Prior to this, I worked in the pharmaceutical market research industry with positions in Australia, Hong Kong, Spain, the UK and the USA.
My main research interests are the relationships between humans and nature, specifically the role of non-monetary values in motivating sustainable behaviour regarding threatened species and marine ecosystem services. I am also interested in developing ways to improve the integration of science into policy-making decisions.