Ms Cara Clancy

Ms Cara Clancy

Teaching and Support Assistant

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


PhD Human Geography



I have an academic background in environmental philosophy and worked for several years in conservation, mainly as a campaigner for WWF. After spending a year in South America researching land rights issues and the local/cultural significance of natural resources, I returned to the UK to undertake a PhD with Plymouth University, which looks at future directions for UK/EU nature conservation. 


  • Current PhD project (Human Geography): ‘Rewilding (in) the Anthropocene: An investigation of novel conservation practices in urban Europe’ (2015-Present)
  • MA Philosophy, with specialisms in Environmental Philosophy (2010)
  • BA Philosophy (2008)

Professional membership

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers

Research interests

Research interests

  • The politics of Nature and wildlife conservation; animal geographies and ethical implications; past landscapes and the role history in conservation decisions; Anthropocene futures, novel ecosystems and urban conservation.
  • More-than-human research methods/animal inclusions in the production of knowledge (ethology-ethnography)


PhD studentship with Plymouth University

Rewilding (in) the Anthropocene: An investigation of novel conservation practices in urban Europe’

Rewilding, as a specific form of ecological restoration often involving the reintroduction of ‘missing’ keystone species, is a concept and practice gaining increasing momentum within popular media and the UK conservation movement. Over the last five years a number of rewilding initiatives have been developed in Europe but so far evaluations have been quantitative and environmentally-focused in nature, with socio-political understandings largely absent from both the academic and policy arena.

Rewilding conservation has the potential to respond creatively and flexibly to the future conditions of the Anthropocene, bringing with it multiple social and cultural benefits. But it must be understood in context,with strong attention given to local sensitivities, local histories, and those life conditions that are made and remade, and indeed given meaning, by subjects themselves (human and non-human).

Experimenting with ‘more-than-human’ field methods, this research will investigate the production of life, livelihood and home in three ‘urban rewilding’ settings in the UK and mainland Europe. This research aims to go to the heart of what matters when we do conservation in the Anthropocene.