I am a political ecologist and my research focuses on the international politics of conservation. I am particularly interested in strategies for tackling the illegal wildlife trade. My most recent book, Security and Conservation is published by Yale University Press (2022). I have held posts at the Universities of Lancaster, Manchester, SOAS and I joined the University of Sheffield in 2016.
During 2021-2023 I am Principal Investigator on an ESRC grant (£859,000) for Beastly Business: Examining the Illegal Wildlife Trade in Europe, more information https://beastlybusiness.org/ and on twitter @beastlyproject. The project analyses the inter relationships between legal and illegal wildlife trades in European brown bears, European eels and songbirds.
From 2016 to 2020 I held a European Research Council Advanced Investigator Award (EUR 1.8 million) for the BIOSEC Project: Biodiversity and Security: understanding environmental crime, illegal wildlife trade and threat finance, more information https://biosec.sites.sheffield.ac.uk/ The project examined how and why the conservation and the security sectors became more integrated in tackling the illegal wildlife trade.