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Ms Chloe King

PhD student

Towards Resilience & Regeneration: Reconciling Conservation & Development through Tourism in the Galápagos Islands



  • 2019 – Present: Director of Conservation, Solimar International
  • 2019 – 2020: Fulbright Research Scholar, Halu Oleo University, Kendari, Indonesia
  • 2017 – 2019: Founder and COO, Last Call
  • 2016 – 2019: Intern and Pilot Lead, World Wildlife Fund


  • 2021-22: Masters of Philosophy in Conservation Leadership, University of Cambridge. Thesis: Turning the Tide: Unlocking the Potential of Seagrass Ecosystems through Locally-led Valuation Approaches. Awarded with Distinction
  • 2020-21: Masters of Science in Marine Systems and Policy, University of Edinburgh. Thesis: Resilience & Regeneration: A Global Survey of Nature-based Solutions in Tourism. Awarded with Distinction
  • 2015-18: Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs, The George Washington University, Summa Cum Laude


  • ESRC Knowledge Exchange Studentship, 2022 – 2025
  • Marshall Scholar, 2020 – 2022
  • Fulbright Research Grantee, 2019 – 2020
  • Davis Projects for Peace Fellow, 2019
  • Fulbright-Hays Scholar, 2018
  • Elliott School Undergraduate Research Scholar, 2017-2018


My research focuses on intersection between tourism, conservation, and development, particularly in coastal destinations and marine ecosystems. My Ph.D. research in the Galápagos Islands explores regenerative theory and its application to tourism through a political ecology lens, aiming to understand how conservation and development goals are negotiated, contested, and reconciled through tourism.

Using ethnographic and action research methods, I explore key themes such as community and place orientation, impacts on people and nature, living systems thinking, diverse value creation, and economic diversification. My goal is to contribute to regenerative tourism theory by drawing on diverse concepts such as convivial conservation, post-developmentalism, degrowth, and diverse economies, and provide recommendations for a more equitable and effective reconciliation of conservation and development in the Galápagos, benefiting both local communities and natural environments.