Department of Biological and Medical Sciences



    CEEC works closely with ACCEND, the Anthropological Centre for Conservation, the Environment and Development was established in 2000. ACCEND aims to promote anthropological research, broadly understood, in these three areas.

    ACCEND acts as an umbrella organization for the research centres and research groupings listed below. These groupings have have common goals and overlapping interests, and also engage in specific research. ACCEND stages a series of conferences on transanthropological topics, especially at the level of methods. This interdisciplinary research, embracing social anthropology, primatology and biological anthropology is perhaps its most distinctive dimension. The first ACCEND conference, 'Centralizing fieldwork', was held in 2007; the resulting book, of the same name, was published by Berghahn in 2010. The second ACCEND conference, 'Ethics in the field', was held in 2009. The resulting book is in the process of publication with Berghahn. In September 2011 it is staging a conference on 'Social dimensions of human-wildlife conflict'.

    The Centre includes:

    Human interactions with and constructions of the environment

    This group provides a forum for interdisciplinary research into livelihood economies, people-wildlife interactions, rural development and their relevance to conservation.

    Areas of particular expertise include: changing land use and impacts on livelihood strategies, people-wildlife interactions, and human-induced disturbances on wildlife populations. Group members have extensive experience of fieldwork across Africa (West, East and South) and Southeast Asia. Research students have worked in a range of countries including Guinea Bissau, Uganda, and Columbia.

    Nocturnal Primate Research Group (NPRG)

    The Nocturnal Primate Research Group provides an international forum for coordination of research on nocturnal primates. Research involves nocturnal and cathemeral [day-and-night active] primates from South America, Africa, Madagascar and Asia, using innovative techniques.

    The NPRG has developed a widespread network of collaborative links with academic institutions, conservation NGOs, enforcement agencies, wildlife societies, zoological museums and zoos. Its field studies help to determine the distribution and status of some of the most neglected species and to indicate the condition of declining habitats. It provides open access to research and research databases, and to its library of sound recordings.

    The Oxford Wildlife Trade Research Group

    The Oxford Wildlife Trade Research Group aims at quantifying all aspects of the trade in wild animals and plants through multidisciplinary teamwork including anthropology, social sciences, natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, environmental economics, and legislation.

    There is a strong focus on wildlife trade in tropical countries –as this is where most of the world biodiversity resides and where the impacts of wildlife trade are arguably the greatest. However, recognizing that wildlife trade is a truly global enterprise we do focus on the role of consumer countries as well, wherever these are situated.


    ACCEND includes the following academic staff:

    • Professor Simon K Beader
    • Dr Giuseppe Donati
    • Professor Catherine Hill
    • Professor KAI Nekaris
    • Professor Vincent Nijman
    • Dr Nancy Priston

    Honorary Research Associates

    • Dr Kimberly Hockings (Postdoctoral researcher, New University of Lisbon and Oxford Brookes University)
    • Dr Matthew McLennan
    • Dr Amanda Webber