Our team

Diogo Veríssimo
Diogo VeríssimoChair
Diogo Veríssimo is a Senior Researcher at the University of Oxford where he focuses on the design and evaluation of behaviour change interventions to conserve biodiversity. He has for 20 years advanced the use of marketing theory and concepts to drive forward the conservation of nature, namely the use of flagship species to promote conservation.
Dulce Espelosin
Dulce Espelosin
Dulce Espelosin is an expert in social behaviour norms, focusing on the design of change strategies in rural environments focused on conservation and in urban environments for organizational norms.
Ganga Shreedhar
Dr Shreedhar is a behavioural scientist focusing on promoting pro-environmental and pro-ecological motivation and behaviours. She is at the London School of Economics and Political Science and based in the Dept. of Psychological and Behavioural Sciences.
Judy Mann
Judy Mann
Dr Mann has over 30 years of experience in conservation education, communication and behaviours change. She holds a Master’s Degree in Ichthyology, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and PhD in Culture and Environmental Learning from the University of Queensland in Australia. She is President Elect of the International Zoo Educators Association (IZE) and serves on the Council of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).
Kira Mileham
Kira Mileham
Dr Kira Mileham is a behaviour change practitioner focused on the social psychology of partnerships across the species conservation community. Dr Mileham works as the global Director of Strategic Partnerships for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC). In this role, Dr Mileham is globally responsible for strengthening the collaborative species conservation efforts of IUCN SSC's 9,000+ scientific experts by growing partnership movements with Zoos, Aquariums, Botanic Gardens, NGOs, Corporate and community partners and Government Agencies. Kira holds degrees in conservation ecology, public relations and journalism, and a PhD in human behaviour change and impact evaluation from the University of Newcastle, Australia. Kira is also an adviser on the Global Council of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and in 2022 was voted one of the top ten influencers in the global zoo and aquarium community.
Laura Perry
Laura Perry
Dr Laura Perry is the Behaviour Change Coordinator, based at the SSC's Global Centre for Species Survival in Indianapolis. She focusses on the use of techniques from social psychology and related disciplines to inform applied conservation solutions. Laura has particular expertise relating to large mammals in East/Southern Africa, having worked on human-wildlife conflict across the region for 8 years.
Laura Thomas-Walters
Laura Thomas-Walters
Dr Laura Thomas-Walters is Deputy Director of Experimental Research for the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. She is a conservation social scientist with a focus on pro-environmental behaviour change. She works closely with governments and NGOs to enact change through her research. Currently her focus is on promoting plant-based diets and mobilising collective climate action.
Matthew Selinske
Matthew Selinske
Matthew Selinske is a senior research fellow at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Matthew's studies a range of topics including motivations to participate in conservation behaviours and prioritising conservation behaviour change. He also serves as the President of the Society for Conservation Biology's Social Science Working Group.
Sean Southey
Sean Southey
Sean Southey has over 30 years of experience in the international development and communications field. With a multi-sectoral background, Sean started his career with 5 years in the Canadian Ministry of Environment, followed by 12 years working with the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) environment team. His NGO experience was enriched through work with ICLEI (Secretary General), Rare (Vice-President) and 10 years as President of the NGO PCI Media. Over the past decade he has led the development of over 80 campaigns world-wide, won over 100 awards for impactful campaigns, and reached literally billions of people with life and planet saving information. Sean has extensive experience speaking around the world on the importance of communications and regularly runs creative design, capacity building and strategy workshops. In 2016, Sean was elected as Chair for the International Union for the Conservation on Nature’s (IUCN) Commission on Education and Communication (CEC). In this role, he has worked tirelessly to enhance IUCN’s use of creative communications for social change. Sean is a dual Canadian and South African citizen and has lived, worked and travelled in over 100 countries. He holds a MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from the University of British Columbia.
Takahiro Kubo
Takahiro Kubo
Dr Kubo focuses on the economics and behaviour change concerning biodiversity conservation and wildlife and tourism management. He has expertise in the economic valuation of ecosystem services and behaviour change to address sustainability challenges, including biodiversity conservation, climate change, environmental degradation and resource scarcity. He is also interested in the incorporation of broad scientific knowledge into economic analysis and interdisciplinary approaches in conservation.