The Oxford University Centre for the Environment (OUCE) is part of the Oxford University, which has more academic staff working in world-class research departments than any other UK university. It has won £248.2 million through open competition for externally sponsored grants and contracts in 2006/7, some 5% of this research funding coming from the European Union. There are currently over 7000 postgraduate students, almost half of whom are from outside the UK. The OUCE is located in the School of Geography, and is one of the leading international centres for geographical and environmental research. Within the OUCE, the Water Management and Policy Group work on the human dimensions of the water cycle. With a focus on integrated techniques, the group is involved in a wide range of activities designed to support natural resource decision making and scientific outreach. OUCE also incorporates the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) which has a well established record of research on many climate change and biodiversity issues.
Paul Jepson (DPhil) is course Director for the MSc in Nature Society and Environmental Policy. He previously worked in international biodiversity policy through positions with BirdLife International and the World Bank. He is interested in the role of scientific, cultural and institutional knowledge-practices in production, replication and/or transformation of environmental policy frames. Paul Jepson website.
William Bibby writer of the BioFresh blog and currently managing BioFresh's online communications.
Jon David is a biodiversity modeller working with Work Package 5 at Oxford University. He holds an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation & Management from Oxford University and a BSc in Biological Sciences from Warwick University. His current research involves the development of an index that assesses the vulnerability freshwater biodiversity to climate change at global and regional scales. His other research interests include integrating climate change into systematic conservation plans for freshwaters, the development of statistical methods to analyse long-term time-series data and addressing conservation issues facing freshwater megafauna.