I am a PhD student in Conservation Science, at the University of Edinburgh. This website contains information about me and my research, as well as other things I find interesting. I hope this will be a good resource for anyone interested in similar topics, or for anyone curious about life as a PhD student. If you have any comments, questions or proposals of any kind - please feel free to contact me using the address below. I'm particularly interested in opportunities for science communication or outreach, and am keen to bridge the science-practice gap.

Emiel de Lange
PhD student @ University of Edinburgh & ICCS, University of Oxford
Twitter: emiel_delange
Research Gate: Emiel de Lange
OrcID: 0000-0002-5853-3657

PhD Project
The title of my PhD is 'Information transfer and the effectiveness of behaviour change strategies in conservation'. This project is at a very early stage (see my blog for updates!). I am interested in understanding how information can be used to change behaviours. I am working with the Wildlife Conservation Society's Cambodia program and examining the increasing issue of wildlife poisoning using toxic pesticides deposited in water sources. I hope to gain an understanding of how and why these new behaviors are occurring and how the flow of information through communities can be harnessed to change these behaviors. In relation to this I'm currently exploring some of the following topics: social marketing techniques, the role of information in shaping institutions, social network analysis, network intervention strategies, decision-making theories, and specialised questionnaire techniques for sensitive behaviours, among other things.

I'm originally from The Netherlands, but I've lived and studied in the UK for a long time. I come from an ecology background, with a Masters by Research in Tropical Forest Ecology. I'm now transitioning into the more multi-disciplinary space of Conservation Science. Broadly I'm interested in the interactions between human societies and the environment, and how social institutions can be developed to manage natural resources sustainably.

Recent posts

  • 9. The start of fieldwork - a first pilot study The research team ready to go: Vichet, Chantheavy and me[If you want more frequent updates from the field - check my instagram account: emieldelange ]It’s been a month since ...
    Posted Aug 22, 2017, 2:26 AM by Emiel de Lange
  • 8. Conservation Optimism and Preparation for Fieldwork A rat peeking through the trees in Chhep Wildlife SanctuaryI last wrote to you having just returned from Cambodia, and I write now as I’m preparing to return ...
    Posted May 19, 2017, 9:16 AM by Emiel de Lange
  • 7. Back from Cambodia Two boys in Koh Dambong village pose for a photoMy moto on a road close to Tmatboey villageI’ve just arrived back in the UK where, mercifully, the ...
    Posted Mar 9, 2017, 8:28 AM by Emiel de Lange
  • 6. A new year - off to Cambodia In just a few days I will be returning to Cambodia - a country I got to know over 5 months of my masters project and whose destiny will be closely ...
    Posted Jan 30, 2017, 12:58 PM by Emiel de Lange
  • 5. FLARE 2016 This is an edited excerpt from post No. 4Here are some of my thoughts and impressions from the 2016 FLARE conference.Who knew conferences could be so fun? I ...
    Posted Dec 14, 2016, 8:28 AM by Emiel de Lange
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