Chris Sandbrook works to design and deliver the Cambridge Masters in Conservation Leadership – a prestigious professional degree programme offered by the University of Cambridge in collaboration with all of the organizations that comprise the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. Chris also conducts research into the relationship between people, nature, and conservation activities at the landscape scale
Chris Sandbrook is a conservation social scientist with a PhD in Anthropology from University College London, for which he investigated the impacts of mountain gorilla tracking tourism at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Prior to his PhD, Chris was trained in conservation science at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford.
Chris has applied experience with rural conservation and development projects in Uganda and Vietnam, and worked for several years as a consultant for the International Institute for Environment and Development. He has published over ten articles in peer-reviewed international journals, several reports and one co-edited book.
Chris is Deputy Director of the Masters in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge. He co-designs the course; delivers teaching; and assesses student assignments.
Chris leads the tourism component of this large research collaboration that is investigating the links between ecosystem services and human well-being in coastal Kenya and Mozambique. SPACES is funded by the UK government through the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation programme.
This research project is investigating the outcomes of interventions intended to deliver agriculture and conservation benefits in six tropical forest landscapes. Fieldwork is being conducted by six PhD students, two of whom are supervised by Chris Sandbrook. The project is a collaboration with the Centre for International Forestry Research and several other institutions, with funding from the UK Department for International Development.