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Rogelio Luque-Lora, BA MSci

Rogelio Luque-Lora, BA MSci

Research Assistant

The social implications of wildlife camera traps


I have arrived in Geography the roundabout route; I started at Cambridge as a biologist, and then moved on to Philosophy of Science, from where I made the transition to Geography. In all of these disciplines my interest has focused on environmentalism and conservation.

My Masters thesis explored the potential of enchantment to motivate environmentalism. During my Masters I also developed an almost obsessive interest in ethics, and wrote one of my papers on the ethics of scientific publication and the precautionary principle.

More recently, I have been involved in The Future of Conservation Survey, which aims to provide empirical evidence about the views and values held by conservationists.


  • 2016 Intern and Consultant at the United Nations Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)
  • 2015-16 MSci in History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
  • 2015 Research assistant at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama)
  • 2012-16 BA in Natural Sciences (Biological), University of Cambridge


  • MSci History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
  • BA Natural Sciences (Biological), University of Cambridge

Awards and scholarships

  • 2016 Crausaz-Wordsworth Essay Prize
  • 2015 Sylvia Haslam Award for excellent ecological study at Part II Plant Sciences
  • Cambridge International Examinations: highest mark in the world in IGCSE Spanish Literature and AS Marine Sciences (2010 and 2011, respectively); highest mark in Spain in A-level Biology (2012); second highest mark in Spain across 8 IGCSEs (2010).


My current work aims to produce a first global study into the possible social implications of using camera traps to study wildlife. These could include concerns about privacy, surveillance, and important questions about what happens when humans are caught carrying out illicit activities using this technology. It is survey-based.


  • Supervisor, Natural Sciences: Part 1B Ecology (Michaelmas 2016)
  • A2-Level Marine Sciences (2011-12)

External activities

  • Cambridge University Expeditions Society (CUEX), President 2015-16
  • Cambridge University Expeditions Society (CUEX), Expeditions Coordinator 2014-15