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Department of Geography


Interdisciplinary Approaches to Conservation

Conservation biology is recognized as an interdisciplinary field, but conservation as a practice, and the research analysis of conservation, demands a wider interdisciplinarity. Effective communication between natural and social science is an urgent challenge. Work in this between-disciplines field includes collaboration on a text book on Conservation Social Science (Mascia, M. ed., Blackwell in preparation), and the development (with Bhaskar Vira and Professor Nigel Leader-Williams) of a new M.Phil. in Conservation Leadership. This is being developed as part of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, and will commence in October 2010.


  • Adams, W.M. (2007) ‘Thinking like a human: science and the two cultures problem’, Oryx 43: 275-6.