Shauna Mahajan

Lead Social Scientist, Global Science

Shauna Mahajan
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Shauna is a conservation social scientist committed to developing inclusive and holistic solutions to conservation problems. With an interdisciplinary background in resilience thinking, environment, and development, her work and research focuses broadly on the social dimensions of conservation, with a special focus on coastal communities. At WWF, Shauna develops and tests methods for conservation strategy development and evaluation, while also researching the science of decision-making, and the natural resource governance systems that enable positive social and ecological outcomes from conservation. She has a geographic focus in Coastal East Africa.

Shauna has over a decade of experience researching and working on integrated social and ecological issues: Her past work has taken her to explore the agriculture landscapes of Quebec, river basins and coastlines in the eastern United States, and fishing communities in the Indian Ocean. Outside of WWF, Shauna is a hatha yoga teacher and folk singer-songwriter, where her passion for mindfulness and storytelling intersect with her desire to create a more sustainable and just future.

“I often think of my work as ‘dot-connecting’ – looking for those unexpected links in complex systems that might just be the key to unlocking transformative change.”

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Lead Social Scientist


  • MSc, Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm, Sweden
  • BA, Environment and Development, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Areas of Expertise

  • Systems and resilience thinking
  • Community-based conservation
  • Evidence-informed decision-making
  • Conservation social science
  • Participatory research