Dr. Louise Glew has been appointed the Global Lead Scientist for WWF’s Global Science Team. Louise’s research focuses on understanding the social and ecological impacts of conservation interventions in complex social-ecological systems. She has an interdisciplinary background, with expertise in arid rangeland ecology, social sciences and statistics. She leads WWF’s Conservation Evidence portfolio that seeks to generate, synthesize and integrate evidence on the impact of conservation interventions into policy and practice. Her collaborative research projects include: understanding the linkages between conservation and poverty; empirical on social impacts of marine protected areas in Indonesia; the incentives and barriers for mainstreaming impact evaluation to support evidence-based conservation; and developing novel analytical techniques for predicting the impacts of conservation interventions. Before working with WWF, Louise conducted her Ph.D. research in northern Kenya. She spent over a year living in a small blue tent, roaming the rangelands of northern Kenya, to understand the social impacts of community conservation among pastoralist communities.
“WWF is my laboratory. We convert conservation projects into real-world ‘experiments’ that allow us to learn how social and ecological systems work. In some ways, we’re becoming mechanics, learning how conservation projects work, and fine-tuning them for maximum impact.”