Dr Natasha Constant

Senior Conservation Scientist

Background

I am a Senior Social Scientist exploring the problem of how to better integrate different knowledge systems (indigenous and local knowledge, stakeholder, and science) to support equitable forms of knowledge coproduction for biodiversity conservation and ecological restoration.

A grounding aspect of my research is the integration of participatory social science methodologies using narrative, storytelling and participatory GIS mapping for engaging communities and stakeholders in a process of inclusive knowledge sharing and co-production.

At the RSPB, I undertake social science research to developing solutions to maintaining collaborative partnerships in large-scale restoration initiatives through the development of tools and guidance to support project managers and their teams in effective partnership building.

I am also working on the development of a toolkit for conservation practitioners to equip them to implement, monitor and evaluate participatory approaches for engaging and mobilising indigenous and local people to take action for nature within their conservation projects.

I collaborate with our international science team in the Gola Forest National Park, Sierra Leone to look at how livelihood interventions such as our Forest Friendly Cocoa programme can better support rural livelihoods for forest edge communities. 

External Activities

  • 2018-2021: Honorary Research Associate, Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University
  • 2019-2020: Scientific Committee for Symposium of Contemporary Conservation Practice in South Africa 

Partners and Collaboration

  • Professor Susan Baker, Cardiff University
  • Professor Peter Taylor, University of the Free State, South Africa 
  • Dr Lourens Swanepoel, University of Venda, South Africa
  • Professor Steven Belmain, Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich
  • Dr Mehmet Chakkol, Warwick University

Contact

Dr Natasha Constant

Senior Conservation Scientist

RSPB UK Headquarters, The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL

natasha.constant@rspb.org.uk

Research Gate

Specialisms

Agriculture Ecosystem services New methods and technologies Protected areas Tropical forests