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The research degree programme carries the generic title of Biodiversity Management, in order to allow a student to undertake any relevant research project that relates to conserving and managing biodiversity. With the varied research interests of the School of Anthropology and Conservation (SAC) and Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) staff, this continues to allow research on a wide variety of projects on different organisms or systems and in different habitats and countries. There are, therefore, specific research projects underway on species conservation, wildlife management, economics, wildlife trade, tourism and conservation, and the sustainable uses of biodiversity.

SAC and DICE encourage research students to undertake original research to submit as a thesis on important topics related to conserving and managing biodiversity.

Since it was founded in 1989, DICE has graduated over 110 research students and, as with all its other activities, the major characteristics of the research degree programme are its international and interdisciplinary focus.

Because of the diversity and international nature of many field-orientated projects, the amount of time that individual research students spend at DICE varies. However local supervision is usually organised for those students spending considerable time overseas.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/276/biodiversity-management

About The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE)

The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) is the United Kingdom’s leading research centre dedicated to conserving biodiversity and the ecological processes that support ecosystems and people. It pursues innovative and cutting-edge research to develop the knowledge that underpins conservation, and sets itself apart from more traditionally minded academic institutions with its clear aims to:

  • break down the barriers between the natural and social sciences in conservation
  • conduct research that informs and improves policy and practice in all relevant sectors
  • disseminate knowledge and provide expertise on conservation issues to stakeholders
  • build capacity in the conservation sector through research-led teaching and training
  • strive for sustainable livelihoods and biodiversity conservation that benefits people.

Our members have outstanding international research profiles, yet integrate this with considerable on-the-ground experience working with conservation agencies around the world. This combination of expertise ensures that our programmes deliver the skills and knowledge that are essential components of conservation implementation.

Our taught Master’s programmes cover topics in conservation management, policy, ecotourism and sustainable natural resource use. The research degree programmes (MSc by Research and PhD) encourage you to undertake original, high-quality research, which culminates in the submission of a thesis.

Research areas

Our disciplinary breadth enables us to provide supervision on a wide range of topics across the full spectrum of conservation biology, biodiversity management and sustainable resource use.

Recent or current projects cover topics such as:

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Processes in Human-Modified Tropical Forests, Sabah, Malaysia
  • Environmental Spaces and the Feel-Good Factor: Relating Subjective Wellbeing to Biodiversity
  • Evolution of Protected Area Systems with Regard to Climate Change in West Africa
  • Implementing CITES in Madagascar
  • Invasion dynamics of parrots and risks to agriculture and society
  • Reconnecting poverty-alleviation to biodiversity conservation in Kenya's Eastern Arc Mountains
  • Securing the conservation of biodiversity across administrative levels and spatial, temporal, and ecological Scales in Europe
  • Socio-ecological landscapes for biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation, Western Ghats, India
  • Status of chimpanzees and their use of the oil palm in degraded landscapes using drone and camera trapping technology, Sierra Leone
  • The role of supplemental feeding and disease in Mauritius parakeets
  • Tolerating tigers in Indonesia: do local beliefs offset human-carnivore conflicts?
  • Valuing Nature Programme

Careers

DICE programmes combine academic theory with practical field experience to develop graduates who are highly employable within government, NGOs and the private sector.

Our alumni progress on to a wide range of organisations across the world, undertaking work that utilises the knowledge and skills they have developed through their studies. Examples of the work our graduates do and the organisations they are employed by include: consultancy for a Darwin Initiative project in West Sumatra; Wildlife Management Officer in Kenya; Chief of the Biodiversity Unit, United Nations Environment Programme; Research and Analysis Programme Leader for TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network; Freshwater Programme Officer, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Head of the Ecosystem Assessment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme – World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC); Community-Based Natural Resource Manager, WWF; Leader of the WWF Tigers Alive Initiative; Managing Partner at Althelia Climate Fund; Wildlife Officer at Heritage Council, Ireland; and Programme Officer, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/


Visit the Biodiversity Management - MSc, PhD page on the University of Kent website for more details!

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