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Summer Internships for Undergraduate students in Conservation

UCCRI is delighted to have received funds from the IRC Small Grants Fund provide by the Research Policy Committee to support two undergraduate interns over the summer 2018.  If you have a project you would like to be supported by an internship please complete the online form.  Internships will run for 8 weeks between June and September.

Deadline for projects is Friday 26th April 2019

Key Criteria

Supervisors from a minimum of two different disciplines

The work will be at Undergraduate level

The work can run for a full 8 weeks (£2500 is available for each internship to cover this amount of time)

Please complete the online form.


Fully funded 3 year PhD studentship

The Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University is pleased to offer a PhD studentship available for October 2019. The studentship will be a 3-year doctoral programme and will be co-supervised by Prof Andreas Kontoleon (Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge) and Dr Nikoleta Jones (Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University).

This fully funded 3 year PhD studentship is linked to an ERC project on the social impacts of protected areas in Europe and the student would be expected to start in October 2019.  They are looking for someone with a background in economics or economic or human geography. 

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Postdoctoral Vacancy - Sustainability-Intensification Trade-offs in Coffee Agroforestry in Central America

The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) ( is an internationally renowned multi-disciplinary centre of the University of Greenwich that undertakes research, consultancy and training to support global food security, sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing countries.   The Institute was recently awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher and Education for its work in developing countries.Postdoctoral research associate, Geography, University of Cambridge

Closing Date 28th April 2019 

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The Wake of the Whale: Human and Environmental Implications of Whaling in the Caribbean and North Atlantic 

Friday 15 March




Author Professor Russell Fielding discussed artisanal whaling in St. Vincent & the Grenadines and the Faroe Islands, and issues related to conservation, cultural traditions, and globalized networks of food, information, and pollution.

Was a very popular event with Russell giving a honest and frank insight into whaling in these regions which generated a rich and interactive Q & A.


Bio: Russell Fielding is an environmental geographer and an assistant professor of environmental studies at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, USA. He has studied artisanal whaling traditions throughout the Atlantic since 2005, with field sites in the Faroe Islands, Newfoundland, and St. Vincent.  

Unusual Suspects: what contributions can biodiversity conservation organisations make to the Sustainable Development Goals?

22nd January 2019

Collaborators in Cambridge have launched a new tool designed to help conservation practitioners engage with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and, within this framework, the wider human and societal benefits of their work.

This tool launches on the same day as the Cambridge Conservation Initiative hosts an event featuring Sir David Attenborough at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, exploring the role of nature in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals.

 Desert Island Memory Sticks with Professor Julia Jones

November 2018

julia jones.jpgUCCRI hosted a leadership talk with Professor Julia Jones (University of Bangor) on the 13th November. Professor Jones shared key moments and memories from her conservation career with early career researchers from across the University, and was interviewed by Zoology PhD student Charlotte Payne. 

Biodiversity conservation initiatives have unfulfilled potential to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals

September 2018

SDG Tool logo.jpgUCCRI has launched an online tool that allows conservation professionals to look at how biodiversity projects contribute to the SDG targets, and a new paper examining the potential of REDD+ projects to make a greater contribution towards SDG targets. 

UCCRI is part of a new, multi-university network that will explore interdisciplinary ways of working in sustainability science

September 2018

Workshop in the David Attenborough Building. Image credit:Toby Smith/CCI

The University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute is part of a new, multi-university network that will explore interdisciplinary ways of working in sustainability science. By finding out what works and identifying best practice, the network will help organisations move from experimenting with interdisciplinarity to embedding it as part of long-term institutional reform. Image: Toby Smith/CCI

Game of Life Training Session

August 2018

 Game of LifeOn 14 August, UCCRI hosted a training session for Game of Life, an interactive game for teaching about conservation designed by former PhD student Josie Chambers (Luc Hoffman Institute). Participants are randomly assigned a position in society, and have to decide how to play the game to “win”, depending on what that means to them. It explores the consequences of how resources are managed for society and the environment.

Charlotte Payne presented with Public Engagement with Research Award

July 2018

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Congratulations to PhD student Charlotte Payne, who has been awarded one of the Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Award from Cambridge University for her work around edible insects. The University said “Working together with farmers and scientists at every stage, Payne developed a participatory research project on the sustainable use of edible caterpillars in southwestern Burkina Faso, and has explained the methods, aims and results to a variety of public audiences of all ages and backgrounds.”

Read Charlotte's BBC article "Edible insects: Do insects actually taste any good?

UCCRI screens The Last Animals

May 2018

Last animalsUCCRI was delighted to host a screening of the award-winning documentary The Last Animals, which looks at efforts to protect elephants and rhinos from poaching. The screening was followed by a panel discussion about illegal ivory trade with the film's director Kate Brooks, Professor Bhaskar Vira (UCCRI), and Professor Sam Wasser (University of Washington).   

May 2018

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Congratulations to UCCRI Director Professor Bhaskar Vira, who has been awarded the Royal Geographical Society's Busk Medal in recognition of his interdisciplinary research on economy, environment and development.


The major barriers to evidence‐informed conservation policy and possible solutions

April 2018

Sir CamA new paper looking at barriers to evidence informed conservation policy, written by a team including many UCCRI researchers, has been published. 

Read the open access paper. 


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UCCRI is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre, with a network of over 150 researchers from all 6 Schools of the University of Cambridge. The Institute supports multidisciplinary research on biodiversity conservation and the social context within which humans engage with nature. It works from a base in the David Attenborough Building, which is designed to enhance collaboration and the sharing of perspectives across organisational and disciplinary boundaries. Find out more...

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