Andrew Balmford


Andrew Balmford is Professor of Conservation Science in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, where his main research interests are exploring how biodiversity conservation might best be reconciled with meeting human food needs and other land-demanding activities; quantifying the costs and benefits of retaining intact ecosystems; and examining what works in conservation.

To have most impact he focuses his research in developing countries and collaborates closely with conservation practitioners and with colleagues in other disciplines, including economics and psychology.

In his book “Wild Hope” he argues that cautious, evidence-based optimism is vital in tackling environmental challenges. Andrew helped establish the Student Conference on Conservation Science, the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, and Earth Optimism.

Room 3.03, David Attenborough Building
Conservation Science Group
Student Conference on Conservation Science
University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute