Professor Nils Bunnefeld


Biological and Environmental Sciences University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Nils Bunnefeld

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About me

I work at the interface between biodiversity and society combining natural and social sciences to improve our understanding of decision making from local to global levels in relation to natural resource use, climate change and people's livelihoods.


2017-present Professor, Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling

2016-2017 Reader/Associate Professor, Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling

2015-2016 Senior Lecturer, Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling

2012-2015 Lecturer, Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling

2010-2012 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Imperial College London

2008-2010 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies, Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Umeå

2008 PhD, Imperial College London

2003 MSc, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Community Contribution

EKLIPSE - Bridging the gap between policy and knowledge on biodiversity in Europe
Nils is a member of the EKLIPSE Methods Expert Group (MEG), which provides guidance about the available methods for knowledge collation, appraisal and synthesis to respond to each request. The vision of EKLIPSE is to ensure a sustainable future in which decisions affecting biodiversity and ecosystems services are based on trusted evidence, provided by experts following an ethical and transparent process. Eklipse has a fourfold approach: - Answering questions from decision-makers by synthesising the best available knowledge. - Facilitating evidence-based decisions through a transparent, proven, and robust request process. - Creating a European network of experts and knowledge holders recognised for their work. - Increasing citizen engagement in science-policy interface activities.


Mentor for Dr Isabel Jones - UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship
The Beacon Project is an interdisciplinary scientific research programme that uses large hydropower development as a model system to investigate trade-offs between different United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

University Contribution

Director of Centre for Policy, Conflict and Cooperation Research (CPCCR)…erationresearch/
The CPCCR seeks to bring together international and domestic politics and history, environmental management and climate science, policy making and theory, as well as the advancement of professional practice and theoretical developments. We regularly engage with professionals in diplomacy, military, international development, environmental protection and biodiversity conservation and other related areas, both in our teaching and in our research. This Centre is co-hosted by the Division of History and Politics and Biological and Environmental Sciences. At the heart of what our Centre does is the interaction between theory and practice. We explore how conflict and co-operation work in practice and we are keen on developing insights on how our research can help in real-life situations. We are happy to offer our global experiences for consultancy and training sessions to public and private sector clients.

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