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Chris’s research interests surround how and why people cooperate to tackle social-ecological problems. He has conducted research on conservation conflict, and on the monitoring and evaluation of conservation interventions. Using mixed qualitative and quantitative methods such as interviews, experimental games, social network analysis, and statistical modelling, Chris seeks to approach complex problems from multiple angles to find successful and just management actions.

Chris joined Forest Research in January 2019 following completion of his PhD in Conservation Science at the University of Stirling, where he focussed on personal and institutional relationships between biodiversity management stakeholders in Scotland. Chris has previously worked as an adviser in the sustainable seafood sector, and prior to that spent a number of years as a research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry.

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Chris Pollard

BSc, MPhil, MSc, PhD
Social Scientist
Society and environment research group (SERG)


Northern Research Station

Bush Estate



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A National Conversation: Towards a Resilience Culture

A societal-scale foundation assessment of the public's views of biosecurity and plant / tree health issues, followed by targeted research into how biosecure behaviour can be encouraged

Status current

Peer reviewed journal articles

Carter, L. et al. (2020) ‘A multidimensional framework to inform stakeholder engagement in the science and management of invasive and pest animal species’, Biological Invasions. Springer International Publishing, 6. doi:

Occhibove, F. et al. (2020) ‘Eco-epidemiological uncertainties of emerging plant diseases: the challenge of predicting Xylella fastidiosa dynamics in novel environments’, Phytopathology. doi: Eco-Epidemiological.

Pollard, C. R. J. et al. (2019) ‘The impact of uncertainty on cooperation intent in a conservation conflict’, Journal of Applied Ecology, (May 2018), pp. 1–11. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.13361.

Redpath, S. M. et al. (2018) ‘Games as tools to address conservation conflicts’, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 33(6), pp. 415–426. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2018.03.005.

Mason, T. H. E. et al. (2018) ‘Wicked conflict: Using wicked problem thinking for holistic management of conservation conflict’, Conservation Letters, (October 2017), pp. 1–9. doi: 10.1111/conl.12460.