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London NERC DTP PhD Researcher, UCL

Joshua Powell is a conservation biologist, with research interests in human-wildlife conflict, conservation strategy and conservation geopolitics. His PhD focuses on developing a conservation evidence-base for the critically endangered tooth-billed pigeon (Didunculus strigirostris).

Powell is also the Expedition Leader for Rangers Without Borders - Eurasia, a multi-disciplinary research study which, supported by National Geographic, has been assessing wildlife ranger livelihoods, poaching threat and anti-poaching capability, and opportunities for trans-boundary cooperation, across Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Leading Rangers Without Borders - Eurasia, he has recently completed fieldwork in Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Lithuania and Poland, in partnership with local scientists and researchers at the University of Oxford, UK, and the University of Central Florida, USA.

Originally from the UK, Powell holds a Master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania (United States), where he was a Thouron Scholar. His research on human-wildlife interaction and conflict has been concerned with the interaction between primates (specifically the Macaca genus) and human communities in Japan, Gibraltar and Hong Kong, as well as the societal perception of macaques in those communities.

Powell went on to receive a Churchill Fellowship (2017), from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust UK, to research innovative practice in island conservation in the South Pacific and the South Atlantic. His Churchill Fellowship formed the basis of a report, Island Conservation for an Island Nation, which detailed policy and management recommendations for the islands of the British Isles and the British Overseas Territories.

Powell was named a 'Leader of Tomorrow' in 2016 by the St. Gallen Symposium, in Switzerland, and in 2018 became a member of the Queen's Young Leaders community, representing the UK. Powell is also one of the faces of #WWFVoices for WWF.


  • –present
    PhD Researcher, Conservation Biology, UCL