Rosie Cooney

Rosie Cooney , Luc Hoffmann Institute Council Rosie Cooney works on the policy, conservation and livelihood dimensions of legal and illegal use and trade of wild species, incorporating insights from numerous fields of expertise including conservation biology, economics, governance, law and human rights. She has around 17 years’ experience in international and national policy research, analysis and development.

Rosie has worked for leading international conservation organisations in collaboration with colleagues across the globe; acted as an independent consultant to governments, NGOs and the private sector; and carried out research and teaching at two leading Australian universities. Rosie chairs the IUCN CEESP/SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi), a global expert network building knowledge and influencing policy and practice, and is Visiting Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University.

Rosie is also Deputy Chair of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Collaborative Partnership on Wildlife; an Honorary Fellow of the ICCA Consortium (a global network of indigenous peoples and local community organisations); a lead author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Asia-Pacific Regional Assessment; and sits on the Steering Committees of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission and Commission for Environmental, Economic and Social Policy. Rosie was appointed to the inaugural UN Secretary-General’s Science Advisory Board on science for sustainable development.

Key current preoccupations are aligning rights and incentives in policy design for sustainability, the current illegal wildlife trade ‘crisis’ and policy responses to it; using markets for wild species as an incentive for positive conservation and livelihood outcomes; and equity and justice in conservation.

Rosie holds first class Honours degrees in Zoology and in Law from the Australian National University and a PhD in Zoology from Cambridge University.


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