Dr Solène Guenat

Dr Solène Guenat


I am interested in understanding the human-nature interactions and biodiversity conservation in urban ecosystems through techniques drawn from various disciplines. I am currently working on the “Self-repairing Cities” EPSRC Grand Challenge research programe, exploring how changes in pollution (noise, air, light) and increased automation might impact biodiversity, urban ecosystem function and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Prior to starting my current fellowship, I was conducting my NERC-funded PhD on the conservation potential of urban greenspaces in Sub-Saharan Africa. I investigated the potential of the greenspaces in two Ghanaian cities (Sunyani and Techiman, Brong Ahafo) to maintain pollinator populations similar to those of the surrounding landscapes, and explored the social networks surrounding greenspaces as well as the the perception that various stakeholder have of the services and disservices brought about by greenspaces. Previous research work, focused on the effects of agroforestry on biological control in small-scale farms of Kenya. I also have work experience as science outreach officer.


Research interests

  • urban ecology
  • conservation biology
  • ecosystem services
  • pollination
  • perception of the natural environment
  • stakeholder mapping
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  • PhD in Environmental Science (University of Leeds)
  • MSc in Biology, specialisation in Ecology (University of Lund, Sweden)
  • BSc in Biology and Ethnology (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)

Professional memberships

  • British Ecological Society
  • Society for Conservation Biology

Research groups and institutes

  • Sustainability Research Institute
  • Environment and Development