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Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas

An International Research Centre

Who We Are

We are an interdisciplinary team of academics, professors of practice, visiting and honorary fellows. We are interested in making a difference to national parks and protected area management. We collaborate widely with those professionals seeking to manage our special places for the benefit of all.

What We Do

CNPPA operates a transdisciplinary approach, which focuses on world-class academic excellence with a global reach, the purpose of which is to inform and influence policy making, develop best practice, governance and innovation of resource use and promote knowledge transfer through high-quality translational skills.

We aim to attract internationally and nationally renowned academics in relevant discipline areas through conferences, fellowships, research and enterprise projects, whilst at the same time encouraging dialogue with policymakers and professional practitioners.

Our Vision 

To be a national and international centre of excellence for transdisciplinary study and research into national parks and protected areas, that addresses complex local and global challenges and develops innovative practices to enhance landscapes and communities.

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Meet the Director of the CNPPA

Lois Mansfield is the Director of the CNPPA alongside acting as a Professor of Upland Landscapes, and Director of the University of Cumbria's Ambleside Campus.

Lois is a recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship (2019) related to place-based rural development using cultural capital in Japan. Additionally, she participates in active research in the area of upland agriculture as part of the Centre for National Parks & Protected Areas.

Find out more about Lois

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What is Natural Beauty? Symposium

COP26 Joint Statement

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