Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Reader in Environmental Policy and Practice



+44 (0)20 7594 7317m.mills Website




209Weeks BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





I’m passionate about applied biodiversity conservation research and I’m interested in improving policy that impacts the persistence of species and people’s wellbeing. I spend most of my time applying social science theories to solve challenges associated to biodiversity conservation. My research spans marine and terrestrial systems, and I run both global and local scale projects. For example, at a global scale, I am investigating what, how and why conservation interventions spread around the world. At a local scale I investigating how policies aimed at conserving and restoring biodiversity in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest and coast can be improved.



Mills M, Romero C, Dean A, et al., 2021, Drivers of adoption and spread of wildlife management initiatives in Mexico, Conservation Science and Practice, ISSN:2578-4854

Salazar G, Ramakrishna I, Satheesh N, et al., 2021, The challenge of measuring children's attitudes toward wildlife in rural India, International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, ISSN:1038-2046

McCormick H, Salguero-Gomez R, Mills M, et al., 2021, Using a residency index to estimate the economic value of coastal habitat provisioning services for commercially important fish species, Conservation Science and Practice

Qian J, Mills M, Ma H, et al., 2021, Assessing the effectiveness of public awareness-raising initiatives for the Hainan gibbon Nomascus hainanus, Oryx, ISSN:0030-6053

Mahajan SL, Jagadish A, Glew L, et al., 2020, A theory-based framework for understanding the establishment, persistence, and diffusion of community-based conservation, Conservation Science and Practice, Vol:3

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