Globally, species loss and threats are enormous and only increasing, especially in Australia. Underpinning change to this trajectory is a fierce disconnect between us knowing what needs to be done and what is being done. The myriad reasons behind this appear to be multidimensional, with intriguing themes of social and technical feasibiltity, and insufficient resource allocation. To study the chasm and begin to unravel the reasons behind it, my research draws on decision science, ecological modelling, economics, psychology, political science, and policy analysis.

To address this problem, my project will be asking questions such as:

  1. How can we make the best conservations decisions in this particular area or for this particular species?
  2. What are the factors encumbering greater conservation efforts in Australia and the world?
  3. How do language and concepts within conservation policy and debate relate to desired outcomes?

Advisors: Professor James Watson, Professor Martine Maron

Funding: Research Training Program

Project members

Gareth KINDLER

PhD Candidate