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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 and doctoral researchers. 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

We operate 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 disciplines through conferences, fellowships, research and enterprise projects, whilst encouraging dialogue with policymakers and professional practitioners.

Our Vision 

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 our Director

Lois Mansfield is the Director of the Centre for National Parks & Protected Areas (CNPPA) and Professor of Upland Landscapes at the University of Cumbria.

Lois participates in active research in the area of upland agriculture and is a recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship (2019) related to place-based rural development using cultural capital in Japan. 

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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