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One of the great challenges of the 21st century is to understand and manage human impacts on living organisms and ecosystems in the face of population growth, socio-economic development and anthropogenic climate change. Some of the biggest threats to biodiversity are over-consumption, over-exploitation and unsustainable use of living natural resources. Changing these drivers requires better understanding of nature and its values to people, coupled with developing and fostering practical steps to support economic, social and political transitions towards more equitable and effective stewardship of the planet.

UCCRI promotes interdisciplinary research and learning by bringing the natural sciences and technology into intellectual dialogue with the arts, humanities and social sciences. The Institute’s agenda focuses on creating understanding and finding solutions – in relation to the fundamental science of biodiversity change, the human activities that drive the loss of living diversity, and considering conservation itself as a highly complex set of ideas and practices.

The work programme for the Institute encompasses four broad areas of research, which cross-cut disciplinary and departmental boundaries. These are: