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 Sep 2015

Research summary

My research concerns the social dimensions of nature conservation and focuses on how conservation 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 in the rural economy. More recently, I've conducted field work on the rangelands of Tanzania to study the impacts of payment based conservation projects on human wellbeing. 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

2017-20 National Science Foundation/ ESRC: 'The effects of mobile phones on gendered social networks, decision making and vulnerability' (Co-Investigator)

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


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.