Imperial College London

Dr Alexandra Collins

Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Lecturer in Environmental Sustainability



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Alex is a Lecturer in Environmental Sustainability at the Centre for Environmental Policy. Her research activities are grounded in the motivation to inform and improve environmental decision making and environmental sustainability.  This encompasses the need for greater considerations of the environment in decision making through improving understanding of ecosystem services and the societal benefits of environmental improvements, the use of evidence in environmental decision making and the promotion of integrated solutions to environmental problems. 

Alex has worked extensively with policy and practice decision makers.  Her research on developing methodological approaches to reviewing environmental evidence for decision making has been published in international, peer-reviewed journals and adopted as guidance and used extensively by the UK Government, the US Environment Protection Agency and the European Union’s Scientific Advisory Mechanism.  

Alex is currently undertaking a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship investigating how research and evidence can be used in integrated catchment management. Here she works extensively with the Defra and the Environment Agency and is a member of two working groups on the Catchment Based Approach.  She also investigates how information on ecosystem services can be captured, monitored and used to encourage greater adoption of integrated solutions to environmental challenges.  

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Haddaway NR, Callaghan MW, Collins AM, et al., 2020, On the use of computer‐assistance to facilitate systematic mapping, Campbell Systematic Reviews, Vol:16, ISSN:1891-1803, Pages:1-9

Li L, Collins AM, Cheshmehzangi A, et al., 2020, Identifying enablers and barriers to the implementation of the Green Infrastructure for urban flood management: A comparative analysis of the UK and China, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Vol:54, ISSN:1618-8667

Hillier JK, Saville GR, Smith MJ, et al., 2019, Demystifying academics to enhance university–business collaborations in environmental science, Geoscience Communication, Vol:2, ISSN:2569-7110, Pages:1-23

Collins AM, Coughlin D, Randall N, 2019, Engaging environmental policy-makers with systematic reviews: challenges, solutions and lessons learned, Environmental Evidence, Vol:8, ISSN:2047-2382

Sutherland WJ, Broad S, Butchart SHM, et al., 2019, A horizon scan of emerging issues for global conservation in 2019, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Vol:34, ISSN:1872-8383, Pages:83-94

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