Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Honorary Research Fellow in Urban Ecology



+44 (0)20 7594 9326linda.davies




16 Prince's GardensSouth Kensington Campus





Research Interests: Urban ecology, environmental policy, public engagement in science,ecosystem services, conservation, mycology.

1.Citizen Science

Founder and former Director of Open Air Laboratories Network (OPAL)

OPAL is the largest citizen science programme in the UK.  OPAL seeks to design and deliver environmental research and education projects suitable for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. The activities involve studying local environments and sharing the information to increase knowledge and understanding of our natural heritage and thereby contributing to sustainable development and environmental protection.

OPAL is affiliated to the Living With Environmental Change programme (

EU BON Advisory Board - citizen science

2.Ecosystem Services

UK National Ecosystem Assessment 

Co-author UK National Ecosystem Assessment: Synthesis of Key Findings

Lead co-ordinating author - Urban Chapter

The  NEA is the first analysis of the UK's natural environment in terms of the benefits it provides to society and continuing economic prosperity. 

3. Convention on Biological Diversity

Implementation of the Nagoya protocol

IPBES Stakeholder

4. Mycology

Fungi, ecosystem services and policy






Riesch H, Potter C, Davies L, 2016, What Is Public Engagement, and What Is It for? A Study of Scientists’ and Science Communicators’ Views, Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, Vol:36, ISSN:0270-4676, Pages:179-189

Davies L, Fradera R, Riesch H, et al., 2016, Surveying the citizen science landscape: an exploration of the design, delivery and impact of citizen science through the lens of the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) programme, Bmc Ecology, Vol:16, ISSN:1472-6785, Pages:17-17

Lakeman-Fraser P, Gosling L, Moffat AJ, et al., 2016, To have your citizen science cake and eat it? Delivering research and outreach through Open Air Laboratories (OPAL), Bmc Ecology, Vol:16, ISSN:1472-6785

Bates AJ, Lakeman Fraser P, Robinson L, et al., 2015, The OPAL bugs count survey: exploring the effects of urbanisation and habitat characteristics using citizen science, Urban Ecosystems, Vol:18, ISSN:1083-8155, Pages:1477-1497

Bertuzzi S, Davies L, Power SA, et al., 2013, Why lichens are bad biomonitors of ozone pollution?, Ecological Indicators, Vol:34, ISSN:1470-160X, Pages:391-397

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