Dr David Thomas

Programme Director
Endangered Landscapes & Seascapes Programme

Role: CCI team, Endangered Landscapes & Seascapes Programme



I am a conservationist, socio-economist and programme manager with a particular interest in local engagement and empowerment and the linkages between biodiversity conservation, human rights, equity, livelihoods and well-being.

I currently manage CCI’s Endangered Landscapes Programme. With a focus on Europe, the ELP funds landscape-scale restoration projects and aims to develop and share lessons that will help to attain large-scale restoration of habitats that are rich in biodiversity and resilient to environmental change.

I have a long-term interest in the environment and development – an interest that has taken me to Tunisia and Nigeria (examining ecosystem and landscape-scale impacts of dams), and Belize (impacts of coastal tourism development). I have an MSc in Conservation from University College London, and a PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge.

Co-author of collaborative paper: Ockendon, N., Thomas, D., Cortina, J., Adams, W. M., Aykroyd, T., Barov, B., Boitani, L., et al. (2018). One hundred priority questions for landscape restoration in Europe. Biological Conservation, 221 198-208. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2018.03.002