Prof Morgera awarded research grant on Issues and Myths in Protected Area Conservation

Interdisciplinary research as part of the part of the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) Programme

March 2017: Prof Elisa Morgera, Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG), has been awarded funding for an inter-disciplinary research project titled “Issues and Myths in Protected Area Conservation: Trade-offs and Synergies.”

The added value of the lens of ecosystem services

The project seeks to assess the current state of knowledge on the social and environmental impacts of protected areas, and the added value of using the lens of ecosystem services (the benefits that people derive from ecosystems) to understand the contribution of protected areas to poverty alleviation. The project aims at contributing to research and decision-making towards improving the social and environmental outcomes of protected areas that improve the lives of the poorest people. The projects starts in March 2017: it is led by University College London and integrates anthropology, international development and environmental studies, and law. In addition to UCL and Strathclyde, the project gathers scholars from University of East Anglia, University of Southampton, and Bangor University. The project will run for a year and is part of the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme, that is funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), as part of the UK’s Living with Environmental Change partnership. 

Practice-Led Teaching

Prof Elisa Morgera is the Director of the LLM in Global Environmental Law and Governance and Co-Director, with Dr Daniela Diz, of the LLM in Law of the Sea, Sustainable Development and International Law.