Welcome to the Conservation Governance Lab in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University. Please click around and explore our pages to see the research that we’re doing to improve global environmental policy and conservation governance. War Eagle!
The Conservation Governance Lab is directed by Dr. Kelly Heber Dunning. Dunning holds a PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Policy from MIT, an MSc from Oxford in Environmental Policy, and a BA From the University of Florida. Dunning has worked in Southeast Asia, the Congo Basin, the United Kingdom, the Gulf of Mexico, and currently studying environmental policy and the collaborative management of natural resources.
The Conservation Governance Lab seeks to answer several questions:
1) How is environmental policy made?
2) Who makes environmental policy and why?
3) How does environmental policy impact stakeholders and communities?
4) What makes environmental policy effective?
We are committed to providing a safe and positive environment for all of its members in their research endeavors. As team members, we trust each other to foster integrity and commitment towards all of our personal and professional goals.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Conservation Governance Lab is equally committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Innovation and creative problem solving comes from individuals of different races, ethnicities, genders, disability, statuses, nationalities, religious affiliations, sexual orientations and socioeconomic backgrounds working together. It is only by stepping out of our comfort zone that we are able to better understand the skills we each embody and utilize our shared experiences to voice unique perspectives. The Conservation Governance Lab is committed to inclusiveness and providing opportunities that will assist students in having a global impact. We aim to fulfill our mission of cultivating culturally competent policy experts by attracting, developing, and retaining the best and brightest individuals from a diversity of backgrounds.
Our lab works together to further Beloved Community thinking from U.S. Founding Father, Dr. Martin Luther King, which teaches us that poverty, racism, and militarism barriers to our living in the Beloved Community. We believe in the six principles of non-violent social change that include: information gathering, education, personal commitment, discussion, direct action, negotiation, and reconciliation.
Job opportunity: One year Post-doc funded by the National Science Foundation’s RAPID program aimed at increasing our understanding of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
To learn more, head over to our announcements page!