Dr Paul Jepson | Senior Research Fellow

Paul Jepson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Smith School and course director of the MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management at the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford. He previously directed the MSc in Nature Society and Environmental Policy (2007-2013) and prior to these appointments, he held Senior Research Fellowships with the Environmental Change Institute and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Said Business School.

Paul transferred into academia from a successful career in conservation management and policy. He has consulted for a wide range of inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations and was Indonesia Programme Coordinator for BirdLife International (1991-1997). He started his career as a local government countryside officer developing new urban conservation initiatives in Manchester and Shrewsbury (UK). His research interests focus on the geographies of conservation governance with particular reference to long term interests in protected area planning, wildlife trade, conservation history, attitudes, values and practices, media representations of conservation issues, and the role, accountability and legitimacy of conservation NGOs. Relating to the later Paul is actively integrating the opportunities offered by new technologies and media into his teaching and research.