Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery

Leverhulme Trust

PI: Prof Yadvinder Malhi

The Oxford-based Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery (LCNR) undertakes research to help halt and reverse the ongoing loss and degradation of nature and its biodiversity.

The Centre is a hub for innovative thinking, discussion and analysis of nature recovery. Bringing together expertise from multiple University departments, the interdisciplinary approach supports delivery of effective, inclusive and scalable nature recovery.

In conjunction with national and international partners, a series of projects will tackle the challenge of halting and reversing biodiversity loss by addressing the ecological, social, cultural and economic dimensions of nature recovery.

LCNR themes


Testing the effectiveness of different approaches to support biodiversity, and delivery of ecosystem services such as climate change mitigation and adaptation.


Uncovering inclusive approaches to the governance of nature recovery, understanding how people value nature recovery, and unpacking the links between nature and health.


Tracking and evaluating nature recovery at both fine resolution and large spatial scales with remote sensing, big data, and machine learning.


Scaling finance and investment for rapid nature recovery at a global scale.

Human health and wellbeing

Exploring and understanding the aspects of nature that directly benefit physical and mental health and wellbeing.


Developing an analysis and decision platform to integrate nature recovery into land-use and infrastructure planning, and exploring scenarios that can deliver local, national and international commitments to nature, climate change and sustainable development.


  • Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust
  • Oxfordshire County Council
  • Oxfordshire: Local Nature Partnership
  • Oxford Sustainable Finance Group
  • Nature Conservation Research Centre
  • Planet
  • Satellite Applications Catapult
  • Trust for Oxfordshire Environment
  • University of Kumasi
  • Wild Oxfordshire