Dr Jacob Phelps

Senior Lecturer in Tropical Environmental Change and Policy

Research Overview

Jacob is an environmental social scientist dedicated to identifying strategies to protect tropical biodiversity. He leads the Conservation Governance Lab, which explores institutional, policy and legal responses to leading environmental challenges, such as illegal wildlife trade and wildfire. He draws on a wide range of methods and approaches, and is active in the science-policy interface, including through CITES and IUCN. Jacob has worked in the Neotropics and across Southeast Asia. Until August 2015, he was a Scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Indonesia.