School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Modelling, Evidence & Policy

Modelling, Evidence and Policy

Modelling, Evidence and Policy Research Group

Our Research

We use numerical and conceptual approaches to provide objective evidence for use in management and policy making.

We investigate complex biological, medical, ecological and socio-ecological systems, and engage with policy processes.

We collaborate with experts from academic and non-academic sectors to maximise the value of our research. We address real-world challenges.

We collect data and model processes for ecosystems where biology, environment and decision-making interact.

Our impact on ecosystems policy

Key foci are:

  • conflict and synergies between human objectives and conservation interests
  • co-creation of research to inform global biodiversity policy processes, especially those on species conservation
  • modelling disease in wildlife, livestock and human systems to identify pathways to mitigate disease

Diverse fields of expertise

A diagram showing how our researchers are connected with our research themes.
A diagram showing how our researchers are connected with our research themes.

Research Areas

We have expertise in data collection and analysis in complex biological and sociological systems. We use the derived understanding to inform practical conservation, management and policy decisions.

Our blog

Check out our Modelling, Evidence and Policy blog.

Our Group

We follow a joint research and teaching agenda reflecting shared interests in Modelling, Evidence and Policy and how to integrate across those in a neat pipeline.

Past PhD students:

  • Rike Bolam - Addressing uncertainty and limited data in conservation decision-making.
  • Olaf Booy – Predicting the future invasive non-native species in Great Britain – the role of invasion pathways.
  • Inaki Deza-Cruz – Epidemiology of Dengue Fever and Chickungyna.
  • Simone Mordue – Behaviour and ecology of natterer’s bats.
  • Eli Patterson – Effects of organic and conventional farming on invertebrate community composition.
  • Kirsty Lees - Movement patterns of the European lobster Homarus gammarus: investigating the effects of habitat use and behaviour patterns on catchability.


Global Impact

Our research takes us across the globe as we gather data to help conserve ecosystems and protect vulnerable species by informing policy. The map shows the global impact our work is having.

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