Imperial College London

Andrew T. Knight, Ph.D.

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Senior Lecturer



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N2.8MunroSilwood Park





My work aims to deliver problem-focused applied research that promote transdisciplinary partnerships that support innovative processes for solving conservation and sustainability challenges. I aim to educate and train passionate people to become increasingly effective in their personal practice as individuals and within their teams.

I work primarily in three countries – Australia, Namibia and South Africa – with a focus on the human dimension of four primary, overlapping themes:

  • Environmental stewardship on private land
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Volunteerism and citizen science
  • The palm oil sector

Across these themes, I integrate two fields to better design and implement approaches with stakeholders that improve the effectiveness of conservation practice:

Conservation systems and strategies

  • Institutional analysis to improve the practice of conservation professionals   and organisations
  • Optimal mixes of mechanism that comprise conservation strategies
  • Conservation opportunity assessments to prioritise action
  • Theory and practice of managing failure

Conservation psychology

  • Development of conceptual models to elucidate wicked problems
  • Quantitative survey design and analysis
  • Qualitative analyses

My research delivers useful tools and information to improve the practice of people and organisations. These include the Wildlife Tolerance Model and Stewardship Functions Inventory, as used by various agencies and organisations to improve their effectiveness, including the Australian Land Conservation Alliance and WWF-South Africa.

Current PhD Candidates

  • Allison Catalano - Organisational learning from failure in the conservation sector
  • Sam Lloyd - Mainstreaming spatial conservation prioritisation products for land-use planners in South Africa
  • Joss Lyons-White - Changing palms: designing strategies for positive institutional behaviour change in the palm oil industry

Current MSc Candidates

  • Jan Coetzee - Improving the effectiveness of conservation stewardship in the Western Cape province, South Africa