Master's Thesis: Biodiversity loss and social equity – University of Copenhagen

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Master's Thesis: Biodiversity loss and social equity

Would you like to do your Master´s thesis in the intersection between loss of biodiversity and social equity?

Social equity refers to the idea that benefits from nature conservation are shared globally, while the burdens of conservation are felt locally.

So, if you are interested in recognition of rights, cultural identities and traditional knowledge systems of people; accountability, transparency and participation in relevant decisions; access to justice and a fair distribution of burdens and sharing of benefits, then you are interested in social equity in relation to biodiversity conservation.

We offer...

If the description above caught your interest, we offer you the possibility to do your Master’s thesis supervised by two of the center’s researchers.

As part of the thesis you will generate a database about the existing evidence in the assessment of social equity issues and their links with biodiversity conservation success.

We are looking for a student with:

  • strong interdisciplinary taste
  • interest in applied research
  • knowledge of systematic review methods
  • curiosity-driven thinking
  • ability to analyze and synthesize natural and social information
  • ability to work independently as well as a part of a team

Beside this, skills in meta-analysis and GIS will be an asset.

You will learn to:

  • understand complex interdisciplinary concepts and frameworks
  • deal with multiple stakeholders conflicting views and perceptions
  • generate a database from systematic reviews of literature in natural and social sciences


This Master's Thesis will be supervised by Noelia Zafra-Calvo and Prof. Neil D. Burgess, both from Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate at the University of Copenhagen.


For more information about the project, please contact:

Dr Noelia Zafra-Calvo