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Welcome to the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science

Catalysing Change

Our vision is taking conservation science beyond academia to create impact, making concepts and recommendations tangible and bridging the gulf between thought and practice.

Conservation, Equity and Rights

Our research aims to inform local
conservation practice that is both effective and equitable,
and respects human-rights, in line with the
Global Biodiversity Framework.

Nature Positive

Our vision is empowering everyone – individuals, organisations and governments – to build a nature-positive world, in which nature and people can thrive together.

Species & Ecosystem Recovery

Our vision is to understand the various dimensions of biodiversity and threats to biodiversity, and to communicate recovery potential and the actions needed to achieve it so that we can enable a better future for people and nature.

Sustainable Food

Our vision is to help transform the food system
to meet global sustainability targets for environment
and health.

Wildlife Use & Trade

Our research on wildlife use and trade informs
actions to prevent the overexploitation of
biodiversity at local to global scales.

Our Mission

We are a group of conservation scientists working on applied research at the interface of social and ecological systems. We work in collaboration with non-governmental organisations, practitioners, government agencies and businesses to provide approaches which address key conservation issues in every biome.

 

Our Vision

A just world where people and nature are thriving.

 

Our Values

Making a difference

Optimism

Understanding

About Us

We are an academic research group based in the Department of Biology, University of Oxford. Our work addresses the challenges that humanity faces in halting the decline of global biodiversity.

We work at the interface of social and ecological systems, using a range of methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches to address key issues in current conservation.

Research Themes

All of the research carried out by the group can be classified under the following broad and diverse themes.

Catalysing Change

Our vision is taking conservation science beyond academia to create impact, making concepts and recommendations tangible and bridging the gulf between thought and practice.

Conservation, Equity & Rights

Our research aims to inform local conservation practice that is both effective and equitable, and respects human-rights, in line with the Global Biodiversity Framework.

Nature Positive

Our vision is empowering everyone – individuals, organisations and governments – to build a nature-positive world, in which nature and people can thrive together.

Species and Ecosystem Recovery

Our vision is to understand the various dimensions of biodiversity and threats to biodiversity, and to communicate recovery potential and the actions needed to achieve it so that we can enable a better future for people and nature.

Sustainable Food

Our vision is to help transform the food system to meet global sustainability targets for environment and health.

Wildlife Use and Trade

Our research on wildlife use and trade informs actions to prevent the overexploitation of biodiversity at local to global scales.

Fellowship Programmes

At ICCS we believe in the power of cross-disciplinary work to tackle modern conservation problems. We welcome researchers and practitioners from not only conservation, but from other disciplines, sectors and countries, to work with us to rise to the challenges biodiversity is now facing.

Projects

From conserving the incredible saiga antelope, to embedding the contributions of Indigenous people and local communities (IPLCs) in conservation, to developing global biodiversity monitoring frameworks, ICCS researchers cover a huge range of approaches to biodiversity conservation. Here are some of our current projects.

Updates

Keep up to date on our latest news.