Dr Aimee Oxley

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About me

I am an interdisciplinary applied conservation scientist, with experience of working with and researching both people and wildlife. My background bridges both research and practise in conservation, with a focus on finding strategies to improve human-wildlife coexistence, particularly regarding crop-foraging wildlife in the rural tropics. I have used methods from natural and social sciences to investigate wildlife responses to living in human-modified habitats, as well as understand human perceptions of and behaviour towards problematic wildlife. I am interested in exploring the factors that drive the behaviours of people living alongside problematic or crop-foraging animals, including external and internal barriers of behaviour change, and themes around political ecology, fear and safety, security of livelihoods, sense of place and individual and community wellbeing.

My journey started with a BSc (Hons) in Politics from Exeter University and working in international development NGOs before switching career. I completed a MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London, specialising in the Ecological Management option, followed by years of working in field positions across Paraguay, Peru and Indonesia. I went on to complete a PhD at Oxford Brookes University and a position as a postdoctoral visitor with York University, Toronto, before joining Bristol Zoological Society as a Lecturer in Conservation Science. At BZS I set up and managed a new conservation project in Equatorial Guinea trialling mitigation strategies to reduce crop-foraging and addressing lethal killing of critically endangered forest elephants by working with local community members and stakeholders in government.


At UWE, I am Programme Lead for our new MSc degree in Conservation Leadership developed and delivered in partnership with Bristol Zoological Society (https://courses.uwe.ac.uk/C1N21/conservation-leadership). I lead the module Conservation Impact, which links in closely with my interest in identifying the factors needed to lead to more impactful outcomes in conservation, collaborating with others to understand what is working, and not working, within the field conservation. 

Area of expertise

Human-wildlife interactions
Communication for conservation
Conservation impact


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