Blogs & Thoughts

Launching the Reduce your Footprint membership

It’s here!  Read on to find out more… The doors to the Reduce your Footprint membership are officially open!  For a long time I’ve been exploring how to take the work I do as a conservation scientist and use it to help the people I see who want to live in a...
Finding energy to reach for your vision

Finding energy to reach for your vision

It feels a bit like living in two parallel universes at the moment. I keep hearing the views of people who have been energised by COP26.  People who have long valued the environment and hoped for a fairer society.  People who have been motivated by the recent focus of...

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Find some calm amidst the COP26 coverage

Find some calm amidst the COP26 coverage

This week the world is focused on Glasgow.  For the 13 days of COP26, we hold onto hope with every cell of our being.  We hope that the world’s leaders reach the bold agreements needed to set a pathway to reduce the impacts of the biodiversity and climate...

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How do you do yours?

How do you do yours?

There are lots of ways to use social sciences in your conservation work.  Here I share a few, and I’d love to know what you do. One of the lovely things about the work I do at Human Nature is hearing the different ways people are using conservation social sciences in...

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A bit more about Human Nature

A bit more about Human Nature

In the last blog I shared an update of what’s been happening over the last year or so for Human Nature, and the plans for this autumn.  This week, I want to tell you a bit more about what Human Nature does and why. At the core of Human Nature is a belief that...

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Looking back and looking forwards

Looking back and looking forwards

It’s been a while since I posted a blog, and we all know why!  The plan is that this will be the start of a more regular blog presence – hopefully more successful than the launch of the Weekly Read in February 2020... Here’s an update on some of the Human Nature work...

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Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

I write this knowing that I will likely get it wrong. But I have stayed silent in the past for fear of saying the wrong thing, and the events of the last few weeks, the murder of George Floyd and others before him, and the protests and conversations which have taken...

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What drives your interest in conservation social science?

What drives your interest in conservation social science?

This week we should have been running the first Human Nature course, our one day Introduction to Social Science. Instead, we are all at home, where we should be. There will be updates in the next few weeks about the courses available during 2020, but today I'm...

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Multiple Values of Nature, Conference reflections

Multiple Values of Nature, Conference reflections

Last week I attended the Multiple Values of Nature conference in Bristol, run by the British Ecological Society and their new journal People and Nature, together with the Valuing Nature Partnership. The two-day conference drew together around 140 people – scientists...

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The Weekly Read – week 2

The Weekly Read – week 2

Here’s the second installment of the Weekly Read, our blog which brings you a little bit of social science each week. Continuing last week’s theme of behaviour change, here is a paper which explores why society is slow to respond to the widely acknowledged ecological...

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