My research interests focus on social-ecological systems using the combination of empirical data collection and modelling to investigate the interaction between human decision-making and the dynamics of ecological processes.
My research interests focus on how conflicts between wildlife conservation and other human activities develop over time. To do this, I collect and analyse time series relating to the sociological (e.g. media articles), economic (e.g. damage and compensation payments) and ecological (e.g. population size and distribution) aspects of conflicts.
My research in ConFooBio aims to assess disagreements in conservation conflicts and understand the factors that influence whether or not conflicting stakeholders are willing to cooperate. One of my core interests lies in developing new understanding of stakeholders’ decision-making from behavioural games and deliberative approaches. I am also interested in examining the influence of uncertainties (at various levels of the natural system and decision-making processes) on the development and resolution of these conflicts.
As part of the ConFooBio project, I am developing software to construct general social-ecological models that integrate game theory and ecological theory to resolve conflicts between biodiversity conservation and food security. These models build off of a previously developed management strategy evaluation (MSE) framework to simulate all aspects of management: population dynamics, manager observation of populations, manager decision-making, and stakeholder responses to management decisions.
Conflicts in conservation is a research area that fascinates me. In addition, conflicts are currently one of the main sources of species extinction in conservation research, as well as poverty and social inequality worldwide. Thus, my research interests lie in looking at the interface between the ecological and social aspects of conflicts in conservation for the benefit of both, local people and wildlife.