Leverhulme Centre
for Nature Recovery

The ongoing loss and degradation of nature and its biodiversity are amongst the greatest challenges of our time. These trends, driven by increasing but unequal societal demand for food and other ecosystem goods and services, are already having tangible consequences both for the intrinsic fabric of the natural world and the climate system, as well as for human well-being and societal integrity.

The new Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery, based at the University of Oxford will tackle the challenge of halting and reversing this loss of biodiversity by addressing the ecological, social, cultural and economic dimensions of nature recovery in a single framework, harnessing state-of-the-art technologies and thereby developing and testing an innovative model to deliver nature recovery at scale.

Acting as a hub for innovative thinking, discussion and analysis of nature recovery nationally and worldwide, the Centre will unite leading researchers from a wide range of disciplines across the University, its interdisciplinary approach bringing together expertise from geography, ecology, social science, finance, economics, psychiatry, anthropology, artificial intelligence, statistics and earth observation, to collaborate on a range of projects in conjunction with national and international partners.

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"Our goal is to develop the frameworks, technologies and tools that enable and support the delivery of nature recovery that is effective, durable, scalable, provides for society and wellbeing, and is sustainably and ethically resourced".
Professor Yadvinder Malhi, Centre Director

Successful nature recovery requires the full engagement and support of local communities, appropriate local governance and clear articulation of financial costs and benefits. It necessitates not only an understanding of ecology and land use, but also understanding and allowing for local land rights as well as cultural, social, food provision, health and wellbeing, and the economic values of landscapes. The Centre aims to incorporate these multiple dimensions into a single framework for developing scenarios and strategies for nature recovery.

The Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery will have five main goals

How will the programme develop over the 10 years of the grant?