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Jasper Montana

Jasper Montana

Jasper Montana works on environment-society relations with a current focus on the governance of biodiversity and ecosystem services. His research looks at expertise, policy initiatives and institutions and draws from theoretical frameworks of science and technology studies.

Jasper's PhD research explores the institutional arrangements and knowledge-making practices of experts working in the recently established Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Prior to entering the PhD program, Jasper Montana worked in television documentary production looking at the human-nature relationship in BBC series such as Human Planet (BBC One) and Unnatural Histories (BBC Four). He has an on-going interest in public engagement.

Departments and Institutes



  • human-nonhuman relations
  • ecosystem services
  • biodiversity
  • politics of conservation
  • sustainability
  • Environmental politics
  • governmentality
  • conservation
  • science/policy
  • environmental valuation
  • Social
  • policy
  • evidence-informed policy


Key Publications

Montana, J. and Borie, M. (2015). 'IPBES and biodiversity expertise: Regional, gender and disciplinary balance in the composition of the interim and 2015 Multidisciplinary Expert Panel'. Conservation Letters. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12192


Montana, J., Finn, J.K. and Norman, M.D. (2015). 'Liquid sand burrowing and mucus utilisation as novel adaptations to a structurally-simple environment in Octopus kaurna Stranks, 1990'. Behaviour. DOI: 10.1163/1568539X-00003313