We are an academic research group based in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. We work at the interface of social and ecological systems, using a range of approaches to address key issues in current conservation. Our underlying philosophy is that in order to make progress we need to consider the incentives, pressures and challenges faced by individual decision-makers.
Illegal Wildlife trade Research: Contribute to our study to identify the most pressing research questions related to community engagement in IWT. Our intention is to enable researchers in this field to focus their work on those questions that will have the greatest impact on efforts to combat IWT and improve the lives of communities affected by it. Contribute and find our more here.
Biodiversity Fellows at ICCS. 2016/17 Call for Applications Now Open. Our new programme aimed at supporting staff working for NGOs/Government in developing countries is looking for applicants. Find out more here
Soapbox Science – Oxford speakers announced. We have a great speaker line-up for the first ever Soapbox Science Oxford event on June 18th. They will be blogging as time goes on, but for now see what they are planning on talking about on the day.
Talk by Prof. Mark Burgman from the University of Melbourne. ‘The Science of Expert Judgement’ April 21st 14:00 in Lecture theatre B, dept of Zoology.
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ICCS research falls within three broad themes: incentives and attitudes of natural resource users; social-ecological system dynamics; and management of natural resource use. Read about these themes here.
Details of specific projects that members of the group are currently working on can be found in the current projects section
ICCS is a highly multidisciplinary research group and have an ever-growing publication list on a wide range of conservation science topics. We have created a reference archive that we update regularly, providing an example of what our research includes.
We also have an extensive thesis archive showcasing past MSc and PhD projects, with pdfs available for download.