The Team

Dr. Simon Willcock (project leader)

School of Natural Sciences, Bangor University

Simon is an interdisciplinary scientist, keen on producing real-world outputs that can be applied in numerous policy and business contexts. His particular interests focus on the interactions between people and nature, particularly within the tropics.

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Dr. Keosothea Nou

Society for Community Development in Cambodia

Keosothea is a senior researcher at the Society for Community Development. He has over 15 years in teaching and research experience in rural and agricultural development as well as social studies. He was a senior research fellow and coordinator at Cambodia Development Resource Institute for 10 years.

Dr. Andrew Reid Bell

Andrew Bell (Ph.D. 2010, Michigan) was a Research Fellow in the Environment and Production Technology Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC. His current research portfolio focuses on the use of field instruments – such as discrete choice experiments, framed field experiments, randomized control trials – to inform behavior in agent-based models of coupled human-natural systems.

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Amy ‘Spike’ Lewis

School of Natural Sciences, Bangor University

Spike has an interdisciplinary background in both ecology and ecological economics. She has recently submitted her PhD focusing on real and hypothetical impacts of community-based conservation projects in Madagascar. Spike is interested in land-use decision making and novel data collection techniques.

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Dr. Sophie Wynne-Jones

School of Natural Sciences, Bangor University

Sophie is a human geographer working on rural landscape change and governance. This includes research on:

1) Farming and agricultural policy developments: farmer decision-making, learning and practise; adoption of environmental management; co-operative behaviours; agri- environmental governance changes; novel forms of governance and partnership.

2) Human-nature relations with nature: whether these are constructed in terms of ecosystem services or ambitions for rewilding, and the implications these ideas have.

3) Knowledge controversies: how different rural stakeholders interact and agree on appropriate strategies for rural and landscape futures.

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