Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Reader in Environmental Policy and Practice



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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.



Tedesco AM, López-Cubillos S, Chazdon R, et al., 2023, Beyond ecology: ecosystem restoration as a process for social-ecological transformation., Trends Ecol Evol, Vol:38, Pages:643-653

O’Garra T, Mangubhai S, Jagadish A, et al., 2023, National-level evaluation of a community-based marine management initiative, Nature Sustainability, ISSN:2398-9629, Pages:1-17

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, ISSN:2047-2382, Pages:1-17

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

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