Lauren Coad

Research Interests

My research interests focus on how wild meat can continue to be sustainably used and managed as an important resource for rural people, who often depend on wildmeat as a key source of protein and micronutrients. This now requires the management of wildmeat use and trade along an increasingly complex commodity chain, as in many regions of Africa and Asia the demand for wildmeat from urban areas (where wildmeat is more often consumed as a luxury item) has increased dramatically over the past decades, threatening the long-term sustainability of the resource. I am currently a Co-Investigator on the UKRI TRADE Hub (, which conducts research into how we can make global trade chains sustainable. I am also the PI on the WILDMEAT project ( which aims to create a wildmeat evidence base for policy makers, practitioners and scientists. My work focusses on how we can provide regional policy-makers with the information that they need to manage wild meat resources effectively . My potential DPhil projects are currently listed under the DTP Case projects.

Qualifications and Experience

I have previously co-supervised several PhDs, am currently a co-supervisor on 3 PhDs. I have previously been the primary supervisor for ~10+ MSc projects.

Personal Research Keywords

wildmeat, livelihoods, Central Africa, biodiversity, conservation, monitoring and evaluation