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Peadar Brehony BSc(Honours)

Peadar Brehony BSc(Honours)

PhD Candidate, Corpus Christi College

My research focusses on understanding the impact that conservation efforts have on socio-ecological systems.

Tackling conservation challenges requires a strong understanding of both the ecological and social context of the problem. Ongoing changes in our world demand that we find, test and share holistic solutions to these challenges.



  • 2016 - present: PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
  • 2015 - 2016: Technical Advisor for PAMS Foundation, Tanzania
  • 2013 - 2015: Overall Coordinator of the Kenya-Tanzania Borderland Conservation Initiative
  • 2012 - 2013: Information Coordinator of the Kenya-Tanzania Borderland Conservation Initiative and Lale'enok Resource Centre
  • 2012: Researcher for the Wildlife Conservation Society in the Congo Basin Coast Project


  • 2007 - 2011: BSc (Honours) Environmental and Earth System Sciences - Zoology, University College Cork, Ireland
  • 2009 - 2010: University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), USA

Awards and Scholarships

  • 2011: UCC Science, Engineering, and Food Science Graduate of the Year
  • 2011: Maire Mulcahy Prize - Zoology Graduate of the Year
  • 2010: Dean's Honours University of California
  • 2008 - 2010: UCC Academic Honours Scholarship
  • 2007: UCC Entrance Scholarship


Current PhD research: "Socio-ecological resilience to drought and the role of conservation in the Kenya-Tanzania borderland."

The Kenya-Tanzania borderland supports some of the richest wildlife populations on earth through a network of community rangelands and protected areas. In the Kenyan context, community conservancies play a role in wildlife conservation and land management. There is a perception among communities in these semi-arid pastoral lands that drought impacts are worsening, due to increasing drought frequency and restrictions on coping mechanisms.

My research will use socio-ecological systems theory and a resilience lens to investigate how resilience to drought is changing in these rangelands, and will investigate the role that conservation plays in this context.

My other research interests include the role of community based monitoring in resource management; large landscape conservation; human-wildlife coexistence (and reducing conflict); the politics of conservation; and food production and society.

I also believe in the importance of building capacity in conservation, particularly with regards to communities who bear the greatest costs in conservation efforts and I'm involved in ongoing efforts to provide these opportunities.


Journal Articles

  • Alexander Braczkowski, Matthew H Holden, Christopher O'Bryan, Chi-Yeung Choi, Xiaojing Gan, Nicholas Beesley, Yufang Gao, James Allan, Peter Tyrrell, Daniel Stiles, Peadar Brehony, Revocatus Meney, Henry Brink, Nao Takashina, Ming-Ching Lin, Hsien-Yung Lin, Niki Rust, Severino G. Salmo, James EM Watson, Paula Kahumbu, Martine Maron, Hugh P Possingham, Duan Biggs. 2018. Reach and messages of the world's largest ivory burn. Conservation Biology, DOI: 10.1111/cobi.13097

Conference contributions

  • Brehony, P. 2015 A collaborative approach to conserving large free-ranging elephants in the Kenya-Tanzania Borderland. Nairobi, Kenya, presented at Kenya's National Elephant Conference.


  • Brehony, P. 2014 Conserving Elephants and Lions in the Kenya-Tanzania Borderlands - Conference Report for the Wildlife Conservation Society and African Conservation Centre, Nairobi, Kenya.

Other media

External activities


  • Greens and Charities Officer, Corpus Christi College MCR
  • Vice-President, Cambridge East-Africa Society


  • Geographical Society of Ireland
  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • Irish Wildlife Trust
  • IUCN WCPA Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group
  • Member, Political Ecology Research Group
  • Member, Cambridge Conservation Forum
  • Member, African Society of Cambridge University