Compassionate conservation is the most significant shift in the paradigm of conservation in a century. As such, it needs researchers and practitioners conversant with both traditional and innovative perspectives to help guide its development.
PAN Works has a host of leading scholars in compassionate conservation from the natural and social sciences, as well as ethics and public policy. This provides the Initiative a unique interdisciplinary vantage point to reframe the values, theory and practice of conservation.
- Liv Baker, PhD is the Team Lead for the Initiative. She is a global leader in the emerging field of animal wellbeing, publishes leading articles on compassionate conservation and rewilding, and led the first articulation of the guiding principles of compassionate conservation.
- Adam Cardilini, PhD is an ecologist challenging the rigour of arguments against compassionate conservation, and advanced an open and welcoming approach to its theory and practice. With his colleague Liv Baker, he is team lead of the Compassionate Conservation Delphi research project.
- Simon Coghlin, PhD is a bioethicist and veterinarian who uses the rich interdisciplinary tradition of bioethics to explore the overheated misunderstandings about compassionate conservation, offering instead a pluralist approach to its theory and methods.
- Francisco Santiago-Ávila, PhD is an environmental scientists and policy expert. He enriches the concept of compassion with concepts from multispecies justice, pointing us towards instilling the wellbeing of wildlife in the political and policy realm.
- Bill Borrie, PhD is an expert on qualitative research in the conservation social sciences. He helps guide the Initiative’s exploration of the meanings and significance of compassionate conservation for both its practitioners and its practice.
- Bill Lynn, PhD is an animal and sustainability ethicist. Looking at compassionate conservation on a global stage and through a historical and philosophical lens, he maps the moral panic among traditional conservationists as outdated worldviews are challenged.