Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford

Amy uses interdisciplinary research methods to study the complex interactions between legal and illegal markets for wildlife, with a focus on understanding the behaviour of consumers and traders. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow, looking at how China's multi-billion dollar Belt & Road Initiative may be changing the international wildlife trade, particularly through expanding Traditional Chinese Medicine markets. In her previous role at Oxford she led an international collaborative research project focussed on understanding how the availability of farmed bear bile in China influences the demand for wild bear bile. Before joining Oxford, Amy worked for the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre on projects related to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and at Fauna & Flora International on the conservation of threatened tree species. She completed her PhD on the use of the internet and social media by consumers and traders in the orchid horticultural trade, and she now co-leads the trade work of the IUCN SSC Orchid Specialist Group.

Experience

  • 2019–present
    Senior research fellow, University of Oxford
  • 2017–2019
    Postdoctoral research associate, University of Oxford
  • 2015–2017
    Programme Officer , UNEP WCMC

Education

  • 2015 
    University of Kent, PhD
  • 2008 
    University of Oxford, MSc
  • 2006 
    University of Durham, BSc Natural Sciences