Professor Catherine Hill

PhD, MSc, BSc joint honours

Professor in Anthropology

School of Law and Social Sciences


Kate is Professor of Anthropology. Her main areas of research are people-wildlife interactions and conservation and local communities. She incorporates perspectives from social and natural sciences into her research and teaching, reflecting her committment to adopting a biosocial framework to enhance our understanding of people-wildlife and people-environment interactions.

Picture: Talking with a Ugandan farmer about her experiences of farming at the forest edge.

Catherine Hill

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

Kate teaches two undergraduate modules as part of the Single Honours Anthropology programme and the BA in Social Anthropology:

  • Level 5: Human Ecology (ANTH5015)
  • Level 6: People and Other Animals (ANTH6021)

She also teaches a postgraduate module as part of the MSc Primate Conservation:

  • Level 7: People-Primate Interactions (ANTH7002)


Current Research Students:

  • Precious Bayliss
  • Claire Cardinal
  • Francesca de Chenu
  • Ben Klinkenberg
  • Ishika Ramakrishna (with CWS India)
  • Miranda Strubel

Past Research Students:

  • A.D. Webber
  • M.R. McLennan
  • G.E. Wallace
  • K. Hiser
  • H.E. Parathian
  • J. vaz de Sousa
  • N. Moinde
  • A. Oakley
  • J. Watkins
  • E. Racevaska
  • H. Bersacola

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Precious Bayliss Captive Conservation: Factors influencing public perceptions and attitudes toward primate conservation, does “the tragedy of becoming common” apply to zoo settings? Active
Claire Cardinal Lemur-human coexistence: the impact of human activities on the behaviour and demography of cathemeral lemurs in south-eastern Madagascar Active
Francesca de Chenu Conservation and agriculture: Do wildlife corridors support wildlife and local farming concerns adequately? Active
Benjamin Klinkenberg Socioeconomic effects of the wild boar (Sus scrofa) introduction to the Forest of Dean Active
Miranda Strubel Shared Landscapes: exploring the relationships between people and red kites in the UK Active
Elena Račevska Lemurs as protectors of the forest: Lemur seed dispersal, forest regeneration and local livelihoods in the littoral forest fragments of Madagascar 2021
Dr Elena Bersacola Zooming in on human-wildlife coexistence: primate community responses in a shared agroforest landscape in Guinea-Bissau’ 2019
Dr Aimee Oxley Great Ape Conservation in the Matrix: Investigating the Socialogical responses of chimpanzees living in a forest -farm mosiac, Uganda 2019


Kate's research focuses on people-wildlife interactions and the human dimensions of conservation. She is currently working with research students on these issues in India, Uganda, Madagascar and the UK. Previous PhD students have worked in Uganda, Colombia, Kenya and Guinea Bisseau.

Research impact

Kate's research has promoted greater understanding of human conflicts about wildlife, and has had a beneficial impact on local coexistence practices, livelihoods and international guidelines. Beneficiaries of her research include smallholder farmers, conservation NGOs, and government wildlife and agricultural agencies.

Centres and institutes



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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

Further details

2021: Osman Hill Memorial medal awarded by the Primate Society of Great Britain