About the project


The purpose of this project is to explore the motivations, perspectives, practices and worldviews of conservation researchers, as part of a broader understanding of diversity that goes beyond the distinction between natural scientists and social scientists in the field. While the broad categories of natural and social sciences are still deployed in the design of interdisciplinary teams and in the structures of professional organisations, such as the Society for Conservation Biology, there is an opportunity to draw upon insights from the sociology and philosophy of science to open up an understanding of the research tendencies that different researchers might have across these groups.

The questionnaire

The Conservation Research Preferences Questionnaire includes a set of 19 questions, which probe some of the research preferences of conservation researchers. The Questionnaire was developed as part of a previous study published in the journal Oryx. The online journal article is available here.

The research team from this previous study were:

  • Jasper Montana, Geography, University of Oxford (Principal investigator)
  • Chris Sandbrook, Geography, University of Cambridge (Co-investigator)
  • Ellen Robertson, Psychology, University of Cambridge (Co-investigator: Methodology and statistical analysis)
  • Melanie Ryan, Luc Hoffmann Institute and Geography, University of Cambridge (Co-investigator)

Ongoing research will be led by Jasper Montana, Geography, University of Oxford (Principal investigator).

Research ethics and data storage

Respondents to this questionnaire are asked to provide informed consent to the use of their responses for research purposes. Upon starting the questionnaire, participants will be given the option to opt in to participate in the study by making their responses available for analysis. Participants are also given the option to complete the online questionnaire, but not make their responses available for analysis. All online responses to the questionnaire will be stored for 12 months. If a respondent does not wish to have their responses stored they should navigate away from the webpage, and an offline version of the questionnaire is made available here.

The questionnaire does not collect any personal data and all responses will remain anonymous. Responses that have indicated consent for their use will be used solely for the purposes of this research project. This will involve the storage and potential publication of anonymous (non-personal) data, the analysis of this data by the Principal Investigator, and the publication of these results in a project report and academic journal article. For further information, please contact Jasper Montana.