Professor William Sutherland

at Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge


Miriam Rothschild Professor in Conservation Biology, Dept of Zoology, University of Cambridge

Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy

"We are interested in developing new ways of integrating science and policy and aim to change practice. CSaP, through their enjoyable events and extensive contacts, provides excellent opportunities to develop and test these ideas."

Professor William Sutherland is the Miriam Rothschild Professor in Conservation Biology, in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge. His research area is Population and Community Ecology, and he also has wide interests in conservation biology. He is especially interested in predicting the impacts of environmental change, particularly on bird populations. Some of this work combines field data and models while other work is purely based on field work. While much of his work has been in the UK, he has been involved in many projects elsewhere in the world and welcomes suggestions for collaborations.

Another major theme is using evidence-based conservation to collate experience of the effectiveness of interventions (via the website and then use this evidence to advise practice. He hopes that this will eventually revolutionise global conservation practice.

For Bill's tips to policy makers on interpreting scientific claims, see his paper published in Nature in November 2013 here.

  • Projects

    40 Key Research Questions on Science and Policy

    The CSaP Science and Policy Studies Group is running an ambitious programme to identify key questions on the relationship between science and policy.

  • Projects

    The European Biodiversity Observation Network

    A major new European Commission funded project on biodiversity science and policy, undertaken by a consortium of 30 partners from 18 countries.

  • In news articles

    Nature: CSaP Associate Fellows publish their tips for interpreting scientific claims

    Calls for the closer integration of science in political decision-making have been commonplace for decades. However, there are serious problems in the application of science to policy — from energy to health and environment to education.

  • In news articles

    Reducing poverty in the UK: what are the most important questions to answer?

    Earlier this month, CSaP partnered with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to host a two-day workshop in Cambridge which brought together experts from academia, government and the voluntary sector to discuss the changing face of poverty in the UK.