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Alexandre Chausson, MSc

Senior Researcher



Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

Interests and expertise

I manage and collaborate on the delivery of research and knowledge-exchange outputs for the Nature-based Solutions initiative. This includes conducting applied research for evidence-based policy on Nature-based Solutions, with a focus on climate change adaptation, development, and the role of Nature-based Solutions in economic recoveries. I also oversee our partnership with ICCCAD in Bangladesh, and the Instituto de Montaña (IdM), a collaboration to analyze case studies on the economic recovery potential of Nature-based Solutions. I also provide guidance on the design and content for the Nature-based Solutions Initiative platforms. Previously, I designed and led capacity strengthening for a multi-stakeholder research partnership led by IIED focusing on socio-environmental trade-offs in sub-Saharan agricultural development (involving academic and thinktank/NGO partners across the UK, Zambia, Ghana, and Ethiopia). I am currently compiling guidance for funders and research teams to operate transdisciplinary, ‘North-South’ research partnerships addressing socio-environmental challenges. My aim is to support innovative interdisciplinary research and the development of transdisciplinary collaborations as pathways to impact at the nexus of development, climate change, and biodiversity issues.


I have a background in biology (BA Rutgers U., 2009) and ecology (MSc U. Lausanne, 2012), and an interdisciplinary MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College (2016). I have worked in Central America and sub-Saharan Africa conducting both social and ecological research, including research on the demand side drivers of the bushmeat supply chain in Congo-Brazzaville, human-wildlife conflict mitigation in Kenya, and the impacts of climate and food availability on barn owl reproduction in Switzerland. I also hold three years of management and editorial experience in science publishing as a journal manager for Frontiers publishing in Switzerland.


Evaluating the impact of Warrior Watch: behaviour change to promote human-lion coexistence. (in press in Biological Conservation). (May 2022)

Nature-based Solutions in Bangladesh: evidence of effectiveness for addressing climate change and other sustainable development goals. Frontiers in Envt. Science. (November 2021)

Nature-based Solutions in UK Climate Adaptation Policy. WWF/RSPB/NbSI report. (September 2021)

Investing in nature for development: do nature-based interventions deliver local development outcomes? IIED (June 2021)

Leveraging nature-based solutions for transformation: Reconnecting people and nature. People and Nature. (May 2021).

Getting the message right on nature-based solutions to climate change. Global Change Biology. (February 2021)

Mapping the effectiveness of nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation. Global Change Biology. (November 2020)

Global recognition of the importance of nature-based solutions to climate change impacts. Global Sustainability. (May 2020)

Understanding the value and limits of nature-based solutions to climate change and other global challenges. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. (January 2020)

Tawny Owl Strix aluco as an indicator of Barn Owl Tyto alba breeding biology and the effect of winter severity on Barn Owl reproduction. IBIS. (April 2014)

Barn Owl (Tyto alba) breeding biology in relation to breeding season climate. Journal of Ornithology. (January 2014)

Alexandre Chausson, MSc