Chris Pollard

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Senior Researcher at Climate OutreachPublic engagement and cooperation in social-environmental problems; Human dimensions of plant and tree health; Conservation conflict; Monitoring and evaluation of social-ecological interventions.

Committee role: Vice-Chair

I’ve been on the SPG committee since 2014 when I began my PhD at the University of Stirling. My research at the time involved studying the conflict between conservationists and farmers caused by wild geese damaging crops in Scotland

Throughout my PhD and now as a researcher in Edinburgh, I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with loads of SPG activities: policy training days, consultation responses and – my personal favourite – the ‘Pie and a Pint’ events! My job in the research team at Climate Outreach, focuses on providing policymakers, businesses, and civil society organisations with evidence-based tools for talking about climate change. 

In my research I’ve been particularly interested in the science surrounding how people cooperate to tackle complex social-ecological challenges. Similarly, I love working with other members of the committee to build new and strong connections between scientists and those involved with policy in Scotland!