UCL Anthropology

Dr Emily Woodhouse

Dr Emily Woodhouse

Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Environmental Anthropology/ Human Ecology

Dept of Anthropology

Faculty of S&HS

Joined UCL
1st Apr 2013

Research summary

My research broadly concerns people’s relationship with the natural environment. I am interested in the social dimensions of nature conservation, how environmental policy and interventions impact on rural people's lives and the implications for social justice and sustainability. I have a particular interest in pastoralist and agro-pastoralist systems. My doctoral research was on the Tibetan Plateau where I explored the relationship between religion and the environment in the context of Chinese state environmental policies and transformations to the rural economy. More recently, I have conducted fieldwork on the rangelands of Tanzania to study the impacts of payment based conservation projects on human wellbeing and the impacts of mobile phone use on social networks and vulnerability to environmental shocks. I draw upon approaches from natural science and social anthropology and I work with people across disciplines and sectors with the aim of informing policy and practice.

Research projects

2017-21 National Science Foundation/ ESRC: 'The effects of mobile phones on gendered social networks, decision making and vulnerability' (Co-I)

2018-2019 UCL Social Science Plus: ‘The role of gender equity in the conservation outcomes of natural resource management’ (PI)

2017-18 Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme (DFID/ESRC/NERC): 'Issues and Myths in Protected Area Conservation: Trade-offs and Synergies' (PI)

PhD students

Sonia Dhanda: Characterising the wild orchid trade and the implications for conservation policy (primary supervisor, 2020 -)

Helen Muller: Understanding the socio-ecological impacts of the hunting moratorium in Botswana (co-supervised with Marcus Rowcliffe at ZSL, 2018 - ).

Simon Hoyte: Indigenous Conservation in the Anthropocene: An investigation into Baka hunter-gatherer perspectives and an Extreme Citizen Science case study in Cameroon (subsidiary supervisor, 2017 - )

Please get in touch if you are interested in pursuing a PhD related to my area of research.

Teaching summary

Programme Tutor for MSc Anthropology, Environment and Development

I teach the following modules:

ANTH0076 Humans, Ecosystems and Conservation (undergraduate module)

ANTH0107 Introduction to Statistics for social scientists (post-graduate module)

I also contribute to:

ANTH0105 Resource Use & Impacts

ANTH0008/9/10 Introduction to Biological Anthropology

ANTH0015 Being Human

ANTH0172 Biosocial Medical Anthropology

I am on sabbatical until January 2021.


I gained my PhD from Imperial College London in the Conservation Science Group in 2012 with co-supervision in the Anthropology department of Aberdeen University. I then became a post-doctoral researcher at UCL working on the ESRC-DFID funded project 'Measuring Complex Conservation Interventions' (MCCoI) in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society and Imperial College. I joined UCL Anthropology as a Lecturer in 2015. I am a member of the Human Ecology Research Group.