- 2013 – present: PhD student, ZSL Institute of Zoology / Imperial College London
- 2011 – 2013: Project Manager, Equatorial Guinea Project, ZSL Conservation Programmes
- 2009 – 2011: Project Officer, Bees for Development
- 2007 – 2011: Project Coordinator, Lebialem Hunters’ Beekeeping Initiative
- 2007 – 2009: Conservation Educator, Great Apes Film Initiative
- 2006 – 2007: MSc Primate Conservation, Oxford Brookes University
- 2002 – 2005: BSc Geography, University of Manchester
I am interested in understanding the drivers of wildlife exploitation in tropical forests and investigating potential strategies for minimising the ecological impacts of wildlife hunting and trade.
The focus of my research is on the bushmeat trade in West and Central Africa. The unsustainable hunting of bushmeat threatens an array of species with extinction. Primates are particularly vulnerable to this large-scale commercial trade, but intervening presents a conservation and poverty dilemma in a situation where wildlife is an important source of income and food for local people. Livelihood interventions that encourage the adoption of substitution activities and resources have become a mainstay in conservation but the lack of monitoring and evaluation has resulted in uncertainty about outcomes as well as concern about the risk of unintended consequences. Sharing knowledge of effective and ineffective approaches and the causes of success and failure is imperative to enable cumulative learning and avoid wasted conservation investment.
The success of conservation interventions ultimately depends on human behaviour change. If the decision-making process of resource users regarding whether to adopt substitution activities and subsequently continue or abandon hunting is better understood, the design of interventions aimed at changing behaviour can be improved. Meaningful policy recommendations are needed by conservation practitioners in order for them to make evidence-informed decisions. The aim of my PhD research is to evaluate, at both the regional and local levels, the impact of substitution projects on conservation outcomes and, through the use of methods developed in social psychology, identify the drivers and inhibitors of human behaviour change in the bushmeat context. The findings will inform policy decisions regarding bushmeat management strategies in the region.
This research builds on a series of long-term studies investigating the social and biological dynamics of bushmeat systems in West and Central Africa conducted collaboratively by the Bushmeat Research Programme at the Institute of Zoology and Imperial College Conservation Science (ICCS).
Professor E.J. Milner-Gulland (Imperial College London)
Dr Marcus Rowcliffe (ZSL Institute of Zoology)
Dr Noëlle Kümpel (ZSL Conservation Programmes)
ROE, D., DAY, M., BOOKER, F., ZHOU, W., ALLEBONE-WEBB, S., KUMPEL, N., HILL, N. A. O., WRIGHT, J., RUST, N., SUNDERLAND, T. C. H., REDFORD, K. & PETROKOFSKY, G. 2014. Are alternative livelihood projects effective at reducing local threats to specified elements of biodiversity and/or improving or maintaining the conservation status of those elements? A systematic review protocol. Environmental Evidence, 3, 1-8.
WRIGHT, J. H. & PRISTON, N. E. C. 2010. Hunting and trapping in Lebialem Division, Cameroon: bushmeat harvesting practices and human reliance. Endangered Species Research, 11, 1-12.
WRIGHT, J. H. 2010. Use of film for community conservation education in primate habitat countries. American Journal of Primatology, 72, 462-466.