Dilys Roe

Principal researcher and team leader (biodiversity), Natural Resources

Dr Dilys Roe leads IIED’s work on biodiversity and conservation. Her work focuses on:

  • Human dimensions of conservation – including understanding and supporting the necessary conditions for effective community-based conservation, enhancing community voices in conservation policymaking and strategies for linking biodiversity conservation with poverty reduction and social justice; and
  • Biodiversity mainstreaming – ensuring biodiversity values are reflected in development and climate change policy and decision making.

Dilys is chair of the IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group Chair of the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management. She is also a member of the UK government Darwin Expert Committee (DEC) and Illegal Wildlife Trade Advisory Group; and the Scottish First Minister’s Environment Council.


Linkages between biodiversity conservation and development/poverty reduction; pro-poor tourism; community-based conservation; biodiversity mainstreaming.

Before IIED

PhD in biodiversity management from the Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology (DICE).

Current work

Engaging local communities in sustainable wildlife management and tackling illegal wildlife trade; developing sustainable livelihood opportunities for park-adjacent communities; strengthening community voice in conservation policymaking; mainstreaming biodiversity values into development and climate change decision making