Dr Kay H. Farmer

Dr Kay H. Farmer

Honorary Research Fellow


Psychology University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA United Kingdom

About me

Kay Farmer is interested in capacity development; helping individuals, organisations and networks, to maximise their effectiveness, impact and sustainability. Whilst, international development organisations have been focusing on on this for many years, it is more immature in the wildlife conservation and welfare community, and there is much to learn and do.

Kay works as a self-employed consultant supporting capacity development, and delivering strategic and technical advice and solutions to a variety of clients including donors and practitioners within international development, environmental management, and wildlife conservation and welfare. This includes providing ongoing Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning services to the Darwin Initiative and Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund (two UK Government Grant Schemes). Kay also works as a Mentor for NIDOS supporting small to medium international development organisations in Scotland develop their organisation’s skills, improve their performance, and strengthen their good practice.

Kay graduated with a First Class honours degree in Psychology from London Metropolitan University, and an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare from the University of Edinburgh. She established the first wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre in Cameroon, a position that naturally led to an interest in wildlife reintroduction. Kay moved to the Republic of Congo to manage a gorilla reintroduction programme and to document the challenging behavioural, ecological, and management issues associated with chimpanzee reintroduction for her PhD. She successfully completed her PhD “The behaviour and adaptation of reintroduced chimpanzees Pan troglodytes troglodytes, Republic of Congo” with the University of Stirling in 2002, and has maintained Honorary Research Fellow status at the university ever since. After her PhD Kay moved to Liberia focusing on policy, research, and capacity development for environmental management. She established and managed UNEP’s post-conflict environmental programme in Liberia representing the organisation’s first post-conflict country-level presence in Africa. Kay has been working as a UK based consultant since 2008.

Current affiliations:

  • Member of the International Support Committee, "Capacity Building for Conservation in Asia " conference (2016-current)
  • Member of the Advisory Committee, Chimpanzee Sanctuary Fund (2014-current)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center (2014-current)
  • Member, IUCN Reintroduction Specialist Group, Member (2000-current)
  • Member, IUCN Primate Specialist Group (and sub-sections on Great Apes and Africa) (2007-current)
  • Member of the Advisory Committee, Wildlife Impact (2015-current)

Previous affilitations:

  • Adviser/Board member/Committee member, Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (2001-2014)
  • Member of the Conservation Working Party, Primate Society of Great Britain (2009-2013)
  • Member of the Captive Care Committee, International Primatological Society (2002-2012)
  • Board member, International Primate Protection League (UK) (2008-2011)

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