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Dr Lauren Coad

Dr Lauren Coad


Visiting Research Associate


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ECI Ecosystems Research Theme


Lauren Coad is a Visiting Research Associate and formerly an Oxford Martin Research Fellow. She investigates the effectiveness of protected areas in reducing deforestation, and the governance and sustainability of bushmeat hunting in Central Africa.

She is also a research fellow at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) in Cambridge, and a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas.

Before beginning at Oxford in April 2009, Lauren worked for 2 years at UNEP-WCMC in the protected areas programme. She gained her PhD in conservation biology from the University of Cambridge in 2007, and also holds a BSc(Hons) in environmental and marine biology from the University of St Andrews.

Research Interests

  • Measuring the effectiveness of different protected area management and governance systems in reducing deforestation
    In collaboration with the University of Copenhagen and the University of Queensland, this project will employ a number of global and national-scale datasets to measure protected area effectiveness, using a landscape modelling approach. As part of this project we are working to update and analyse the Protected Areas Management Effectiveness (PAME) database, which is linked to the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA), and holds information on the management and governance of over 6000 protected areas worldwide. National case-studies will include Tanzania and Peru.
  • Measuring the sustainability of bushmeat hunting in Central Africa
    Following on from my doctoral research, I am working alongside the Institut de Recherche en Écologie Tropicale (IRET) in Gabon, on a number of projects which aim to measure the current ecological, economic and social impacts of bushmeat hunting in Gabon and DRC, and design new tools for monitoring hunting sustainability.
  • Valuing the cultural context of resource governance in CBNRM project planning and implementation
    Building on previous projects in collaboration with IIED, exploring the characteristics of Community-Based Natural Resource Management systems in West and Central Africa, I am currently working with partners at IRET to investigate the changing face of community governance systems in rural Gabon, and the impacts of these changes on CBNRM project planning, implementation and success.


  • Coad, L. (2007) Le commerce de la viande de brousse en Afrique Central. InfoTRAFFIC, 8: 3-4.