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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

PLAN10601 Principles of Environmental Management

PLAN10502 Ecology and Conservation

PLAN20062 Landscape Ecology

PLAN26032 Applied Research for Environmental Management (with Field Visit)


2022 - present: Senior Lecturer in Environmental Manegement and Ecology

2012 - 2022: 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, centring on the interactions between humans and nature and how these can influence the structure and function of ecology and ecosystems at the landscape scale. The majority of her research explores how humans are impacting biodiversity and the responses that these impacts may require, both ecological and social. Recently, Anna's research interests have focused on how we can implement transformative conservation methods to respond to the biodiversity crisis, particularly rewilding and nature recovery. This has included exploring the challenges and opportunities associated with implementing rewilding in cultural landscapes. Anna's research journey began by exploring the response of butterflies to anthropogenic climate change and she retains a passion for reducing the negative impacts of humans on butterflies and other pollinators. 

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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