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.



Cheng SH, Costedoat S, Sterling EJ, et al., 2022, What evidence exists on the links between natural climate solutions and climate change mitigation outcomes in subtropical and tropical terrestrial regions? A systematic map protocol, Environmental Evidence, Vol:11

Qian J, Mills M, Ma H, et al., 2022, Assessing the effectiveness of public awareness-raising initiatives for the Hainan gibbon Nomascus hainanus, Oryx, Vol:56, ISSN:0030-6053, Pages:249-259

Shennan-Farpon Y, Mills M, Souza A, et al., 2022, The role of agroforestry in restoring Brazil's Atlantic Forest: Opportunities and challenges for smallholder farmers, People and Nature, Vol:4, Pages:462-480

Davis KJ, Alfaro-Shigueto J, Arlidge WNS, et al., 2021, Local disconnects in global discourses-The unintended consequences of marine mammal protection on small-scale fishers, Conservation Letters, Vol:14, ISSN:1755-263X

Santos AJB, Bellini C, Santos EAP, et al., 2021, Effectiveness and design of marine protected areas for migratory species of conservation concern: A case study of post-nesting hawksbill turtles in Brazil, Biological Conservation, Vol:261, ISSN:0006-3207

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