More-Than-Human Geographies

Social science research group examining the cultural dimensions of wildlife conservation. Interested in public understandings of nature and the relationships between natural science and environmental policy. Common focus on the role of charismatic species in shaping conservation practice and policy.

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School of Geography and the Environment
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Land Use Governance Group

We are a group of social scientists who examine the human dimensions of land use change. Our work spans numerous world regions, and includes a strong focus on the global to local equity dimensions of land use decisions.

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Biodiversity, ecosystem services and climate adaptation

We work closely with policy-makers in national and local government and other stakeholders to develop and test methods of mapping, assessing and valuing natural capital, green infrastructure, nature-based solutions and the ecosystem services they deliver. We also use sectoral and integrated modelling techniques to project changes in the potential distributions of species and ecosystems at local, regional and global scales and to assess their adaptive capacity and vulnerability to climate change.

Department

Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment
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Oxford Seascape Ecology Lab

The Oxford Seascape Ecology Lab focuses on understanding the social-ecological causes and consequences of spatial patterns and processes in the sea, with the aim of developing science-based solutions to support marine biodiversity management and policy. The lab supports members of varied research experience levels in working to weave together theoretical approaches from the disciplines of landscape ecology, conservation biology, systems science and marine ecology. The lab is based in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford and is directed by Dr Lisa Wedding.

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School of Geography and the Environment
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Nature-based Solutions Initiative

Our mission is to enhance understanding of the potential of nature-based solutions to address global challenges, and increase their sustainable implementation worldwide. We are an interdisciplinary programme bringing together natural, physical and social scientists with economists, governance and finance experts from the University of Oxford and beyond.

Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme

Established in 2012 we work to align finance with sustainability. The centre is multidisciplinary and works globally across asset classes, finance professions, and with different parts of the financial system. OxSFP is a multidisciplinary research centre working to be the world’s best place for research and teaching on sustainable finance and investment.

Department

Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment
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Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science (ICCS)

We are a group of conservation scientists working on applied research at the interface of social and ecological systems. We work in collaboration with non-governmental organisations, practitioners, government agencies and businesses to provide approaches which address key conservation issues in every biome.

Ethno-ornithology World Atlas

The Ethno-ornithology World Atlas is a space for community-curated bird and ecological knowledge in many languages. Founded on the recognition that humans everywhere are inspired culturally, practically and spiritually by birds, EWA is about building relationships between indigenous and local communities, conservationists, academics, and their institutions, to promote bird conservation through the engagement with, respect for and celebration of diverse cultural traditions of knowledge. EWA is a collaboration between Oxford University’s Department of Zoology, the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, and BirdLife International. The EWA Research Group in the University of Oxford consists of graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and faculty members spanning the life and social sciences, working on interdisciplinary topics encompassing Anthropology, Ornithology, Geography and Linguistics.

Department

Zoology
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OxPOCH

Our research group is an interdisciplinary collection of researchers and staff from across the University of Oxford, working together to drive forward sustainability at this institution. We’re implementing the ‘Conservation Hierarchy’ as a framework to account for our impacts, decide what actions to take, and measure progress. We’re working with colleges and the central University particularly on food and land use impacts, and we have a strong focus on outreach and engagement, so say hello!

Department

Zoology
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DISturbance eCOlogy (DISCO) lab

We study how ecosystems are impacted by anthropogenically-driven disturbances such as wildfires, altered climate and land use.

Department

School of Geography and the Environment
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Polar Ecology and Conservation Group

The polar regions are immensely special, but changing in response to current threats. Climate change, fisheries, pollution and direct human disturbance all threaten polar marine systems. As we move away from scientific bases and populated areas, fewer data are available on populations of predators and, consequently, huge gaps remain in our understanding of the polar ecosystems.

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Zoology
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Antonelli Lab

Our passion is nature, and our mission is to stop biodiversity loss. To tackle this major challenge, we study the distribution and evolution of species and develop methods to speed up scientific discovery. Our research focuses on the tropics, where most species occur and the threats are most acute.

Department

Plant Sciences
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Wildlife Conservation Research Unit

The mission of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) is to achieve practical solutions to conservation problems through original scientific research. Our research is used worldwide to advise environmental policy-makers.