Biography & Abstract



Prof. William Sutherland

University of Cambridge


William (Bill) Sutherland holds the Miriam Rothschild Chair in Conservation Biology, University of Cambridge, is a Professorial Fellow at St Catharine’s College and has been President of the British Ecological Society. He has written six books, edited five others, published over 400 scientific papers and is a highly cited researcher. For much of his career he was a standard research ecologist with interests in applying research to applied questions and busy producing papers and books. Over the last decade or so he has become increasingly involved in linking science and policy through horizon scanning, exercises setting priority questions, improving the use of experts in decision making and especially evidence-based conservation. He intends to change global conservation practice.


Title: Collating the global evidence and using it to make local conservation decisions
Abstract: Conservation is difficult, the solutions are likely to vary between locations, there are challenges to doing field tests of conservation interventions and the literature is difficult to access.
I will describe means of overcoming this problem. This includes the process of Subject-wide Evidence Assessment, a means of carrying out literature reviews on an industrial scale (we have over a thousand reviews on, the Local evidence assessment tool (a means of applying the global evidence to your particular local issue) and decision making processes for incorporating evidence with local experience and values.
I am actively seeking collaborators who are interested in transforming conservation.