Dr Caroline Ward


I am an interdisciplinary conservation social scientist. I joined SRI in 2014 to complete my PhD titled "How does protected area governance affect access to ecosystem services and local livelihoods? Insights from Madagascar". I am currently working with Professor Lindsay Stringer as part of the “Enhancing the benefits of tropical peatland restoration for supporting local communities and ecosystem processes” project, led by Professor Jane Hill at the University of York. Our project focusses on an area of peatlands in Jambi province, Sumatra. My role in the project is to explore smallholder and higher level stakeholder perceptions of peatland restoration through questionnaires and interviews.

Previous to starting my PhD at Leeds I completed an MSc in Conservation Science at Imperial College, and worked on numerous conservation projects around the world.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD, University of Leeds
  • MSc, Conservation Science, Imperial College
  • BSc, Zoology, University of Southampton

Professional memberships

  • Society of Conservation Biology - Member
  • Zoological Society of London - Fellow
  • British Ecological Society - Member

Research groups and institutes

  • Environment and Development
  • Social and Political Dimensions of Sustainability
  • Sustainability Research Institute