School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Matthew Grainger

Research Associate


I have a background in ecology and conservation working for 15 years across three continents (Africa, Asia and Europe). For most of my career I have been focused on the conflict between species conservation and human development.

Currently I am focused on developing models to address the challenges of sustainable development, in particular I am focused on food waste in Europe (REFRESH). 

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My research focuses on complex socio-ecological systems and the development of methodologies to address the challenges of sustainable development. In particular my research aligns with Sustainable Development Goals 15 (“Life on Land”), 12 (“Responsible production”) and 2 (“Zero hunger”). I aim to develop decision models that account for uncertainty and allow me to put scientific evidence into a policy-relevant context.

I also have a strong interest in the conservation of Galliformes (pheasants, grouse, quail, etc.) and continue to work in close collaboration with colleagues in Southeast Asia on several projects. I am editor of G@llinformed the newsletter of the IUCN SSC Galliformes Specialist Group

Outside of research I enjoy walking with my border collie, rowing and bird watching (not necessarily at the same time)! 


I teach on BIO3010 Thailand Field Course. We teach students a variety of wildlife monitoring and sampling techniques with a focus on conservation in Southeast Asia. The course takes place at the Sakerat Man and Biosphere Reserve in eastern Thailand.