Dr Jacob Phelps

Lecturer in Tropical Environmental Change and Policy

Research Overview

Jacob is an environmental scientist particularly interested in the institutional dimensions of tropical forest and biodiversity conservation. He leads the Tropical Environmental Change and Policy Lab, which deals with the institutional and governance dimensions of issues such as illegal wildlife trade and tropical deforestation. Trained in the natural sciences and human geography, Jacob draws on a wide range of methods and analytic lenses, and is active in the science-policy interface. Jacob has worked in the Neotropics (Costa Rica, Belize) and across Southeast Asia. Until August 2015, he was a Scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Indonesia.

Perceptions across scales of governance and the Indonesian peatland fires
Carmenta, R., Zabala, A., Daeli, W., Phelps, J. 09/2017 In: Global Environmental Change. 46, p. 50-59. 10 p.
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Off-stage ecosystem service burdens: a blind spot for global sustainability
Phelps, J.W. 21/06/2017 In: Environmental Research Letters. 12, 7, 10 p.
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From poachers to protectors: engaging local communities in solutions to illegal wildlife trade
Cooney, R., Roe, D., Dublin, H., Phelps, J.W., Wilkie, D., Keane, A., Travers, H., Skinner, D., Challender, D.W.S., Allan, J.R. 05/2017 In: Conservation Letters. 10, 3, p. 367-374. 8 p.
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Denial of long‐term issues with agriculture on tropical peatlands will have devastating consequences
Phelps, J.W., Pangala, S.R. 03/2017 In: Global Change Biology. 23, 3, 6 p.

Institutionalizing environmental valuation into policy: lessons from 7 Indonesian agencies
Phelps, J., Dermawan, A., Garmendia, E. 03/2017 In: Global Environmental Change. 43, p. 15-25. 11 p.
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Tools and terms for understanding illegal wildlife trade
Phelps, J.W., Biggs, D., Webb, E.L. 1/11/2016 In: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 14, 9, p. 479-489. 11 p.
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“Invisible” wildlife trades: Southeast Asia’s undocumented illegal trade in wild ornamental plants
Phelps, J.W. 06/2015 In: Biological Conservation. 186, p. 296-305. 10 p.
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Social Equity Matters in Payments for Ecosystem Services
Pascual, U., Phelps, J.W., Garmendia, E., Brown, K., Corbera, E., Martin, A., Gomez-Baggethun, E., Muradian, R. 1/11/2014 In: Bioscience. 64, 11, p. 1027-1036. 10 p.
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Agricultural intensification escalates future conservation costs
Phelps, J.W., Carrasco, L.R., Webb, E.L., Koh, L.P., Pascual, U. 7/05/2013 In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 110, 19, p. 7601-7606. 6 p.
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Boosting CITES
Phelps, J.W., Webb, E.L., Bickford, D.P., Nijman, V., Sodhi, N. 24/12/2010 In: Science. 330, 6012, p. 1752-1753. 2 p.
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Does REDD+ threaten to recentralize forest governance?
Phelps, J.W., Webb, E.L., Agrawal, A. 16/04/2010 In: Science. 328, 5976, p. 312-313. 2 p.
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