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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

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Dr Ben Phalan

Dr Ben Phalan

Zukerman Junior Research Fellow, Department of Zoology

King's College

Office Phone: 01223 331698

Subject groups/Research projects

Food Landscapes:


biodiversity ; evaluating consequences of different food production trajectories for biodiversity ; conservation of birds ; Cambridge Conservation Forum ; Cambridge Conservation Initiative ; Sustainability theory and practice

Key Publications

Phalan, B. (2013) Biofuel crops: food security must come first. Opinion piece in The Guardian, Thursday 29 August.


Phalan, B., Bertzky, M., Butchart, S. H. M., Donald, P. F., Scharlemann, J. P. W., Stattersfield, A. J. and Balmford, A. (2013) Crop expansion and conservation priorities in tropical countries. PLoS ONE 8: e51759. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0051759.

Phalan, B., Balmford, A. and Green, R. E. (2012) Agriculture as a key element for conservation: reasons for caution. Conservation Letters 5: 323-324. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00248.x.


Phalan, B., Onial, M., Balmford, A. and Green, R. E. (2011). Reconciling food production and biodiversity conservation: land sharing and land sparing compared. Science 333: 1289-1291 [and a response to letters in Science 334: 594-595]

Phalan, B., Balmford, A., Green, R. E. and Scharlemann, J. P. W. (2011). Minimising the harm to biodiversity of producing more food globally. Food Policy 36: S62-S71.

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