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Conservation Research Institute



My research explores the social, cultural and political dimensions of human-carnivore conflicts, with a specific focus on wolves and farmers in Italy. I’m also interested in the perspectives and power dynamics surrounding the use of lethal removal in conservation, and in evaluating who are the winners and the losers when different wildlife management approaches are adopted. 


Political ecology, large carnivores, conservation values and conflicts.


Key publications: 

Salvatori, V., Donfrancesco, V., [+32 authors] and Ciucci, P. 2020. European agreements for nature conservation need to explicitly address wolf-dog hybridization. Biol. Conserv. 247:108525  

Donfrancesco, V., [+44 authors] and Mukherjee, N. 2019. Unravelling the scientific debate on how to address wolf-dog hybridization in Europe. Front. Ecol. Evol. 7:17

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