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Director, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent

Professor Bob Smith is the Director of the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent. His research mainly focuses on identifying priority areas for conservation and designing protected area networks. Much of this work has involved leading long-running projects in Southern Africa and the UK but he has worked on projects in 18 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. His research interests also include the influence of corruption in conservation and the role of marketing in conservation.

Bob is also an Honorary Senior Fellow at the United Nations Environment Programme – World Conservation Monitoring Centre, a Director of the Current Conservation Community Interest Company and a member of the IUCN’s Species Survival Commission and World Commission on Protected Areas Joint Task Force on Biodiversity and Protected Areas.


  • –present
    Senior Research Fellow, University of Kent