Women in the Field
Susan Canney uses a systems perspective and collaborative approach to understand the human-nature relationship, and find sustainable solutions to conservation problems. She has worked on a variety of projects around the world and experienced most aspects of conservation that include, among others, auxiliary Park Ranger in the Serengeti, managed elephant range planning in Sumatra, field assistant and project officer in the Air-Tenere of Niger, an evaluation of Asian elephant conservation, and policy while working as a research officer for the UK government's independent advisor on sustainable development.
With MAs in Natural Sciences, Landscape Design, and Environmental Policy, she brought them together in a doctorate to understand human impact in and around a Tanzanian protected area.
Using satellite imagery, ground data and photographs helps reveal the wider context, and how ultimate causes interact with local circumstances to create the problem. These are further understood through working collaboratively with local people and institutions to reveal hidden aspects that often provide the key to sustainable solutions.
She is currently the Director of the Mali Elephant Project and a Research Associate of the Department of Zoology, Oxford University. She is also the Secretary and a Co-founder of the Earth Systems Science Group of the Geological Society of London, and of The Gaia Network. She teaches at the University of Oxford , the Green Economics Institute, and is part of Forum for the Future's "Reconnections" team for business leaders. She has co-authored a recently published book on "Conservation" for Cambridge University Press that places nature at the heart of sustainability.