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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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Our Creative Associates

The PLACE Collective is a community of artists engaged with issues of nature, environment and rural societies. It brings artists into a wider process of research, debate and knowledge-sharing and encourages more sustainable approaches.

Founders: Harriet Fraser and Rob Fraser, Visiting Research Fellows. 

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Latest News & Events

Back on Our Map - Art Exhibition, Ambleside until 5th December - Free

Request for case studies on 'Rewilding in Practice' for the journal Frontiers in Conservation Science (Abstracts by 15 January 2023)

Request for research contributions to the journal Land on the topic 'Using the Climate Smart Communities Approach to Achieve Resilient Communities and Landscapes'. (By 31 January 2023).

Forty Farms Exhibition at the Rheged Centre to 4th January 2023 - Free Entry

South Cumbria Pine Marten Recovery Project

Conservation & Ecology - Public Speakers 2022-23 - Advance Notice

CNPPA Newsletters

COP26 Joint Statement

Past Events


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