Dr Natasha Constant joins the Sustainable Places Team
3 June 2016
Dr Natasha Constant joined the Sustainable Places Research Institute as Research Associate in April 2016.
Natasha is a Conservation Biologist and Anthropologist with experience in large carnivore conservation and social research into the relationships between rural communities and protected areas.Her research interests focus on interdisciplinary work at the intersection between the biological and social sciences with a particular focus on the conservation of wildlife and natural resources in terrestrial environments.
Natasha joins us from the University of the West of England where she worked as a Research Associate on the RCUK funded Drought Risk and You (DRY Project) (www.dryproject.co.uk).
Her current research explores how indigenous and scientific knowledge systems can be integrated to inform the conservation of forest ecosystems and the sustainable development of rural communities in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve in South Africa. She is particularly interested in adopting a social-ecological perspective to understand the drivers of biodiversity loss in developing country contexts.