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Dr Josephine Chambers

Dr Josephine Chambers

PhD Student, Department of Geography

Office Phone: 01223 333399


Prior to her PhD, Dr Chambers worked on conservation projects in several countries, including: participatory land use planning with Ya'axché Conservation Trust and Fauna & Flora International in Belize (2013), monitoring institutional progress towards biodiversity conservation strategic objectives with UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre in the UK (2013), biodiversity and socio-economic surveys for Amazónicos por la Amazonía and Neotropical Primate Conservation in Northern Peru (2010-2012), video editing for the Golden Langur Conservation Project with Community Conservation, Inc. in the US (2010), and fieldwork for primate conservation projects in Costa Rica and Uganda (2008, 2009).


  • 2013-present: PhD Geography, University of Cambridge
  • 2012-2013: MPhil Conservation Leadership (Distinction), University of Cambridge
  • 2011-2012: MSc Integrated Resource Management (Distinction), University of Edinburgh
  • 2006-2010: BSc Integrative Biology (Highest Distinction), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Funding and awards

Departments and Institutes

Department of Geography:
PhD Student

Research Interests

Dr Chamber's  research focuses on 'win-win' interventions which aim to jointly conserve forests and improve local people's food security and well-being in Northern Peru. These interventions have proliferated globally over the past decade, yet there remains weak evidence of their success. Dr Chambers is interested in understanding this disconnect between intervention intentions and realities, and the politics driving it.

Key Publications

Contributing author for the Global Forest Expert Panel (GFEP) report on Forests, Trees and Landscapes for Food Security: A Global Assessment Report, Chapter 5: Response Options Across the Landscape, 2015. IUFRO World Series Volume 33, Vienna.

  • The politics and reality of interventions for social and ecological benefit, Inter-disciplinarity in Conservation Research Conference (presentation), Cambridge, September 2014.
  • Investigating a landscape of livelihood interventions to incentivise biodiversity conservation in Northern Peru (presentation), Cambridge, Graduate Forum, February 2014.
  • Milich, K.M., Stumpf, R.M., Chambers, J.M., & Chapman, C.A. (2014) Female red colobus monkeys maintain their densities through flexible feeding strategies in logged forests in Kibale National Park, Uganda. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 154(1), 52-60.
  • Land use Implications for community-based conservation of a forest corridor in the Peruvian Amazon (poster), Student Conference on Conservation Science, Cambridge, March 2013.

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