Leejiah Dorward

Academic Profile

I am an interdisciplinary conservation scientist interested in the interactions between rural communities and their local environment. In particular how we can plan conservation interventions that improve wellbeing amongst local communities while also protecting the ecosystems upon which they rely. I also am increasingly interested in the historical and contemporary power structures within which conservation takes place and how these are used by conservationists to dictate the relationships people have with their local environment.

 

Current Research

My PhD research focuses on human-carnivore interactions in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania. My main research questions involve investigating the ecological factors that increase the likelihood of carnivores attacking livestock and how carnivore attacks on livestock change people’s attitudes towards carnivores. I am also working on theoretical models that investigate the potential social and ecological impacts of the trophic cascades that may be triggered by carnivore persecution.