9 Mar 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site


The event is free to attend but registration is required. To book your place please click here or use the registration link on this page. Places are limited.

Paul Ferraro, the Humanitas Visiting Professor in Sustainability Studies 2015-16, will participate in a seminar run by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. This is part of a series of events with Paul Ferraro on the theme of Effective Environmentalism.  The seminar will be chaired by Professor Nigel Leader-Williams (Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership).

To develop effective protected area networks, practitioners need credible, scientific evidence about the degree to which protected areas affect environmental and social outcomes, and how these effects vary with context. Such evidence has been lacking, but the situation is changing as conservation scientists adopt more sophisticated research designs for evaluating protected areas’ past impacts and for predicting their future impacts. With a deeper understanding of the moderators and mechanisms through which protected areas operate, scholars and practitioners are more likely to design and implement protected areas in ways that enhance their desired impacts and reduce their undesired consequences. Professor Ferraro describes the growing empirical evidence base, the gaps in our knowledge, and the current evidence implies for effective protected area design.

Other events in this series:

Tuesday 8 March: Open Lecture  Environmental Problems are Human Problems: Insights from the behavioural sciences

Friday 11 March: Effective Environmentalism: Concluding Symposium


For administrative enquiries please contact Michelle Maciejewska.

The Humanitas Chair in Sustainability Studies has been made possible by the generous support of the Tellus Mater Foundation who sponsor the Humanitas Visiting Professorships at CRASSH.


About the Professorship

The Humanitas Chair in Sustainability Studies has been made possible by the generous support of the Tellus Mater Foundation. 

Over its 5 year duration, the Visiting Professorship will touch on a diverse range of topics relating to sustainability studies, ranging from the environment and behaviour, to policy and economics.

The Humanitas Chair in Sustainability Studies is organised in collaboration with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), a unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and leading internationally-focussed biodiversity conservation organisations clustered in and around Cambridge, UK. CCI seeks to transform the global understanding and conservation of biodiversity and the natural capital it represents and, through this, secure a sustainable future for all life on Earth. The CCI partners together combine and integrate research, education, policy and practice to create innovative solutions for society and to foster conservation learning and leadership. 

Previous Humanitas Visiting Professors in Sustainability Studies

2014-15  Johan Rockström

2013-14: Gretchen Daily

Standing Committee

Mike Rands (Excecutive Director, Cambridge Conservation Initiative)
William Sutherland (Zoology)
Bhaskar Vira (Geography, Cambridge Conservation Research Institute)

Hosting College

Trinity Hall

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