George Holmes

Associate Professor, Conservation and Society, University of Leeds

I am interested in issues of biodiversity conservation, as seen from a social, cultural and political perspective. My research has two interlinking strands. Firstly, I am interested in how protected areas (national parks, reserves) interact with communities living nearby, how conservation regulations may affect local people's lives and livelihoods, how effectively protected areas can change the behaviour of local people, and how local people can in turn shape protected area policies to their own liking. Secondly, I am interested in how protected areas come about and looking at the combination of political, cultural and social factors which influence whether a country or place has lots of protected areas and conservation initiatives, or very few.

CCI collaborative projects, Project team member