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Anna Gilchrist


  • Room 1.41 Humanities Bridgeford Street, University of Manchester

    M13 9PL Manchester

    United Kingdom

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Anna currently coordinates the following modules:

PLAN10101 Applied Environmental Science

PLAN10501 Introduction to Ecology and Conservation

PLAN20062 Landscape Ecology

PLAN20002 Environmental Policy and Practice Field Trip


2012 - present: Lecturer in Environmental Management and Ecology

2005 - 2010: PhD in Planning and Landscape, University of Manchester

2002 - 2005: BA (Hons) Environmental Management 

Research interests

Anna's research interests span the natural and social sciences, and are centred on the structure and function of ecology and ecosystems at the landscape scale, particularly within urban environments. This research is particularly focused on biodiversity and ecosystem responses to environmental change and the pressures that are created under changing socio-political conditions. This interest also encompasses the human-nature interactions within urban environments and the way in which mutual benefits can be achieved through sensitive management. Anna's research has explored how the management of protected sites can exacerbate competing interests of different ecosystem services, which demonstrated the risk that cultural services can be undermined because of other objectives; the role of public protest in trying to shape the management of an urban greenspace and how this can lead to an ecological misrepresentation or ‘faux-ecology’; and the range expansion response of butterflies to climate change and the implications for developing an appropriate institutional response.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute


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