Dr Bob Smith is the Director of the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent and Founder of Izele, the online conservation social network. His work as a conservation scientist has mainly focused on identifying priority areas for conservation and designing protected area networks. Much of this work has involved leading two long-running projects in Southern Africa and the UK but he has worked on projects in 22 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.
His research also encompasses a broad range of conservation topics, including understanding spatial patterns of deforestation and human-wildlife conflict. In particular, he has published seminal work on the influence of corruption in conservation and the role of marketing in conservation.
More recently, he set up Izele, an online social network for conservation areas and organisations that lets people share news, information and maps with their visitors, neighbours and project partners.
Bob is also an Honorary Senior Fellow at the United Nations Environment Programme – World Conservation Monitoring Centre, a Director of the Current Conservation Community Interest Company, on the Editorial Board of the journal Oryx and a member of the IUCN’s Species Survival Commission and World Commission on Protected Areas Joint Task Force on Biodiversity and Protected Areas.