Prior to joining the University in 2002, Professor Marc Hockings worked for the Queensland National Parks Service, where he gained experience in diverse aspects of conservation and protected area management. AsViceChair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas he leads the global program on Science and Management. He was the principal author of the IUCN’s best practice guidelines on evaluation of management effectiveness in protected areas. In 2008 he received the Kenton R. Miller Award for Innovation in Protected Area Sustainability for his work on management effectiveness.
Professor Hockings’ research interests centre around the monitoring and evaluation of conservation management with a particular focus on protected areas. He has current research projects and research postgraduate students working on examination of biodiversity outcomes in protected areas, adapting protected area management to address climate change impacts, modelling the costs of effective management for protected areas and assessing the use of social-ecological conceptual models in improving conservation management. He is currently working with governments and NGOs to assessment management of protected areas in Australia, Colombia, Ecuador and Thailand.
Marc Hockings is an Emeritus Professor School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Queensland. He maintains an active research program on the management of protected areas with a particular focus on monitoring and evaluation in conservation management. He is a long-term member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) through its World Commission on Protected Areas where he leads the global program on Science and Management of Protected Areas. He initiated and is leading the IUCN WCPA work on the Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas. He is also a member of the Commission's Executive Committee. Marc was the principal author of the IUCN's best practice guidelines on evaluation of management effectiveness in protected areas. He is an honorary Senior Fellow at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, UK. In 2008 he received the Kenton R. Miller Award for Innovation in Protected Area Sustainability for his work on management effectiveness.