UCL Department of Geography


Simon Hoyte

Simon initially read for a B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Leeds, graduating in 2014. He subsequently spent two years studying zoology and anthropology and working as a researcher in archaeology at Rhodes University and the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Returning to the UK in 2015, he studied for an M.Phil. in Biological Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, after which he joined the ExCiteS group as a research assistant and in 2017 started his PhD.

The focus of Simon’s doctoral work is on the intersection of nature conservation, indigenous communities, and technology. Collaborating with remote rainforest hunter-gatherers and farming communities in Cameroon, as well as the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), his work is centred on the co-development of community-led software enabling the reporting of wildlife crime and monitoring of species.

His research interests include community-led conservation, participative mapping, indigenous rights, environmental justice, and the cultures and peoples of Africa.

Find out more on Simon's blog, Gorillas and Grandfathers: Adventures in Anthropology & Conservation.