For the last 20 years or so I’ve researched a range of issues, from flooding through to animal disease and the impact of climate change on endangered species. I’ve worked for agencies such as the UN, African Development Bank and the International Red Cross in some of the most beautiful (and occasionally troubled) parts of the world, including Mozambique, Nagorno-Karabakh and Kazakhstan. What underpins my work is a belief in the value of transdisciplinary research and most importantly the development of ‘environment and society’ as an increasingly vital and relevant area of study. Put simply, we cannot understand nature and environmental issues unless we understand societal interactions with, connections to, and perceptions of, the ‘natural world’. Fortunately my department – Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies - reflects pretty much all my research interests, and I’m very lucky to work with a bunch of talented and inspiring colleagues!
Qualifications and memberships
BSc (Hons) in Environmental Management from the University of Northumbria, an MA in Research Ethics from the Centre for Professional Ethics at Keele University, an MSc from the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development at Newcastle University and a PhD in Politics & International Relations from Lancaster University.
Academic and research interests
Conservation and Society
Wildlife & Media
Rural & Community Development
Sense of Place
Nature & well-being
Convery, I, Davis P & Corsane, G. (forthcoming 2014) Heritage, Disasters & Place. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer.
Convery, I, Davis P & Corsane, G. (2012) Making Sense of Place. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer.
Convery, I. & Dutson, T. (2012) Future Forest Landscapes: Wilding & Sustainability, in Stanturf, J. (ed.) Forest Landscape Restoration: Integrating Natural and Social Sciences. Springer: New York
Convery I.,Mort M., Bailey C., & Baxter J. (2008) Animal Disease & Human Trauma. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Convery I., Bailey C., Mort M., Baxter J. (2009) Altered Lifescapes. Chapter in DÅ¡ring M & Nerlich, B. (Eds.) 'From Mayhem to Meaning': The cultural meaning of the 2001 outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the UK. Manchester University Press.
Burton, R.J.F., Schwarz, G., Brown, K.M., Convery, I. & Mansfield, L.(2009)The future of hefted upland commons in areas of high public goods provision: Learning from the Lake District experience. In: Bonn A, K Hubacek, J Stewart & T Allott (Eds.) Drivers of Change in Uplands, Routledge.
Convery, I, Welshman, J, & Bashford, A. (2007) Tuberculosis Screening in Australia and the United Kingdom Since 1950: Comparative Histories. Chapter in Bashford, A. (Ed.) Medicine at the Border.Disease, Globalization and Security, 1850 to the Present. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Convery, I. & Welshman, J. (2006) South Asian migrants in the UK textile industry, in Nelson, M. (ed.) Occupational Health and Public Health 'Lessons from the Past - Challenges for the Future' LinkÅ¡ping, Sweden.
Taylor, D. L., Ramsey, A., Weatherall, A., Convery, I., Lawrence, A. (2013) The impacts of woodfuel harvesting on woodland butterfly biodiversity; can woodland management increase renewable energy supply and improve biodiversity. Conservation Evidence (accepted for publication)
Convery, I, Ballogh, R. & Carroll, R. (2013). Flooding & Schools: Experiences from the Hull Floods of 2007. Disasters (accepted for publication).
Convery, I. & O'Brien, V. (2013) Gypsy-Traveller Narratives. Narrative Inquiry (accepted for publication)
Nevin, O, Swain, P. & Convery, I. (2013) Bears, People & Place Natural Areas Journal (accepted for publication)
Lindsay, E, Convery, I., Ramsey, A, & Simmons, E (2012) Changing Place: Palm Oil & Sense of Place in Borneo. Human Geographies - Journal of Studies and Research in Human Geography Vol.6,pp. 45-53
Rogers, J.C., Convery, I., Simmons, E.A., Weatherall, A. (2012) What does it mean to be a friendly outsider? Critical reflection on finding a role as an action researcher with communities developing renewable energy projects. Educational Action Research Vol. 20, pp. 201-218
Rogers, J.C., Simmons, E.A., Convery, I., Weatherall, A. (2012) What factors enable community- leadership of renewable energy projects? Lessons from a woodfuel heating initiative. Local Economy, Vol.27, pp.209-222
Rogers, J.C. Convery, I, Simmons, E.A., Weatherall, A. (2012) Social impacts of community renewable energy projects: Findings from a woodfuel case study. Energy Policy, Vol.42, pp. 239-247
Hartworth, C., Hartworth, J. & Convery, I. (2012). Knowledge Mapping & Working with Difficult to Reach Groups: Sex Work Knowledge in the City. Advances in Applied Sociology, Vol. 2, 81-88.
Convery, I. & Cox , D. (2012) A review of research ethics in internet-based research Practitioner Research in Higher Education, Vol.6, pp.50-57
Convery, I., Robson, D., Long, M & Ottitsch, A. (2012) The willingness of farmers to engage with bioenergy and woody biomass production: A regional case study from Cumbria. Energy Policy, Vol. 40, pp.293-300. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2011.10.009 |
Cammack, P, Convery, I. & Prince, H (2011) Gardens and birdwatching: Recreation, environmental management and human-nature interaction in an everyday location. Area, Vol.43, pp.314-319.
Convery, I, Dutson, T, Soane, I & Shaw, H. (2010) Mainstreaming LEADER delivery of the RDR in Cumbria: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Sociologia Ruralis, Vol. 50, pp. 370-391.
Convery, I, Carroll, B & Balogh, R (2010) 'Getting the kids back to school': Education and the emotional geographies of the 2007 Hull Floods. Journal of Flood Risk Management. Vol. 3, Issue 2, pp 99-111.
Long, M.C. Convery, I. & E.A. Simmons, E.A. (2009) Stakeholder perspectives on the Uplands Entry Level Stewardship scheme and its significance for the future of upland farming. Journal of the Royal Agricultural Society England, Vol.170.
Rogers, J., Convery, I ., S., Simmons, E. & Weatherall, A. (2008) Public perceptions of community-based renewable energy projects. Energy Policy, Vol.36, pp.4217-4226.
Rogers, J., Simmons, E. Convery, I. & Weatherall, A. (2008) Rural Community Perceptions of Local Renewable Energy. Rural Futures: Dreams, Dilemmas and Dangers, University of Plymouth, 2nd April. Available at: http://www.ruralfuturesconference.org/2008/
Convery, I. & Bailey, C. (2008) After the flood: the health and social consequences of the 2005 Carlisle flood event. Journal of Flood Risk Management, Vol. 1, pp.100-109.
Convery, I. & Dutson, T. (2008) Wild Ennerdale: A cultural Landscape. Journal of Rural & Community Development. Vol. 3, No. 1. Available at: http://www.jrcd.ca/viewissue.php
Mort, M. Convery, I. Baxter, J. & Bailey, C. (2008) Animal disease and human trauma: the psycho-social implications of the 2001 UK Foot & Mouth Disease disaster.Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. Vol. 11, 2, pp. 133-148.
Hartworth, C., Hartworth J & Convery I. (2007) Community Safety: A theoretical perspective. (2007) Community Safety: A theoretical perspective. Research and Practice in Social Sciences, Vol.3, pp. 1-18.
Convery I., Mort M., Bailey C., & Baxter J, (2007) Role Stress Role Stress in Front Line Workers during the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease Epidemic: the value of therapeutic spaces. Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies Vol. 2007-2. Available at: http://www.massey.ac.nz/~trauma/issues/current.shtml
Dutson, T. & Convery, I. (2007) Sense of Place and Community Development in the Northern English Uplands. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Vol. 1, pp.37-48.
Convery I. & Dutson, T. Sense of Place in Northern England. (2006) Biodiversity Science and Management. Vol. 2, pp.213-218.
Bailey C., Baxter J., Mort M. & Convery I. (2006) Community Experiences of the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease Epidemic in North Cumbria: An Archiving Story. Methodological Innovations Online, Vol. 1, No. 2. Available at:
Convery I. (2006) Lifescapes and Governance: The RÅ½gulo System in Central Mozambique. Journal of African Political Economy Vol. 109, pp.449-466.
Bailey C., Convery I ., Baxter J. and Mort M. (2006). Different public heath geographies of the 2001 foot and mouth disease epidemic: 'citizen' versus 'professional' epidemiology. Health & Place, Vol. 12, pp.157-166
Convery I., Bailey C., Mort M., Baxter J, Death in the Wrong Place? (2005) Emotional Geographies of the UK 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease Epidemic. Journal of Rural Studies Vol. 21, pp.99-109.
Mort M., Convery I., Bailey C. & Baxter J, (2005) Psychosocial effects of the 2001 UK foot and mouth disease epidemic in a rural population: qualitative diary based study, BMJ, Vol. 331, pp.1234-1237
Bailey C., Convery I ., Baxter J., Mort M. (2004) 'Narratives of trauma and on-going recovery: the 2001 foot and mouth disease epidemic' AutoBiography Vol. XI, pp.37-45. , Baxter J., Mort M. (2004) 'Narratives of trauma and on-going recovery: the 2001 foot and mouth disease epidemic' Vol. XI, pp.37-45.
Mort, M. Convery, I. Bailey, C. & Baxter, J. (2004) Foot and Mouth doesn't Affect Humans: Researching the Human Health and Social Consequences of the 2001 UK Epidemic. Centre Worlds, Vol.3, pp.16-34.
Howorth, C., Convery, I. & O'Keefe, P. (2001). Gardening to Reduce Hazard: Urban Agriculture in Tanzania. Land Degradation and Development, Vol.12. No.3, pp. 285-291.
Howorth, C., O'Keefe, P. & Convery I . (1997) Energy Utilisation in Peri-Urban Areas: Issues of Demand. Energy for Sustainable Development: The Journal of the International Energy Initiative. Vol III, No. 5. pp.16-25. (1997) Energy Utilisation in Peri-Urban Areas: Issues of Demand. Vol III, No. 5. pp.16-25.
O'Keefe, P., Kirkby, S.J., Convery, I. & Howell, D. (1997)On the Emergence of Complex Disasters. Disasters The Journal of Disaster Studies and Management, Vol 21, No.2. pp.177-180.
Convery I. & Mellor, A (1996). The role of soil physico-chemical and faunal characteristics in monitoring the success of land reclamation and development: the case of Bede Heritage Park, Jarrow, Tyne and Wear. Land Contamination and Reclamation. Vol. 4: 255-262.. Vol. 4: 255-262.
O'Keefe, P., Kirkby, J. Convery, I., Frerks, G.E., & Kliest, T.J. (1995) A disaster continuum? Disasters The Journal of Disaster Studies and Management. Vol. 19, No.4. pp.362 - 267.
Convery, I, Nevin, O. & Swain, P. (2013) Bears, Place-making and Authenticity in British Columbia. 22nd International Conference on Bear Research and Management, 15-20 September 2013, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Convery, I. (2012) Research ethics in internet-based research. United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organisation, Bioethics Education: Contents, Methods, Trends. Sea of Galilee, Israel, September 2012. UNESCO Chair in Bioethics.
Convery, I. & Bailey, C. (2009) After the flood: the health and social consequences of the 2005 Carlisle flood event.UK Public Health Association, Annual Conference, Brighton UK, March 2009.
Convery, I., Mort. M., Baxter. J., & Bailey, C. (2007). Animal Disease and human trauma. North Atlantic Biorenaissance Group, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Canada, November 2007.
Convery, I, Dutson, T. & Scott, K. (2007) Future Forest Landscapes: Wilding & Sustainability Proceedings of the IUFRO Conference on Forest Landscape Restoration, Seoul, Korea, May 2007. Korea Forest Research Institute.
Convery, I., Dutson, T. & Scott, K. (2007) Wild Ennerdale - opportunities for rural communities. Paper presented to the Heritage and the Environment Conference, Isle of Skye, June 2007.
Dutson, T, Convery, I., Soane, I. (2007) Sense of place and community cohesion in northern England. Paper presented to the Heritage and the Environment Conference, Isle of Skye, June 2007.
Convery, I. & Dutson, T. (2006) Sense of Place in Northern England. Paper presented to the International Social Sciences Conference, University of the Aegean, Island of Rhodes, Greece, July 2006
Convery, I. & Dutson, T. (2006) Sense of Place in Northern England. Paper presented to the Sustainable Uplands Conference, Kendal, May 2006
Schwarz, G., Burton, R., Brown, K., Mansfield, L. and Convery, I. (2007) Upland farming in Cumbria and public good provision. Making Scotland's Rural Environment More Sustainable, Royal Society of Edinburgh, 25th June 2007, published as Conference poster/abstract.
Schwarz, G., Burton, R., Mansfield, L., Brown, K, & Convery, I. (2006) The Impacts of Changes in Farm Structures on Environmental Management in the Cumbria Uplands in the UK and Potential Implications for the English Rural Development Plan. Poster presented to the 96th European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) Conference, seminar, Switzerland, January 2006
Convery, I. (2004) ''Contested Epidemiologies: The 2001 UK Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak.
Paper presented to the Medicine at the Border Conference, The University of Sydney, Australia, July, 2004. Conference,
Bailey, C. & Convery, I . (2003) ' Different Public Heath Geographies of the 2001 FMD Epidemic: 'Citizen' vs 'Professional' Epidemiology'
Paper presented to the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference, London, 5th September.
Convery, I ., Baxter. J., Mort. M. & Bailey, C. Post traumatic stress and the workplace: experiences of the 2001 foot and mouth disease epidemic. Scientific Committee on Education and Training in Occupational Health. Baltmore, USA, October 2002.
Mort, M., Convery, I ., Baxter, J. & Bailey, C. The health and social consequences of the 2001 foot and mouth disease epidemic National Rural Health Conference, Kansas USA, May 2002.
Convery, I ., Bailey, C., Mort, M. & Baxter, J. Farmers and the farmed. Emotional Geographies Conference, Lancaster University, UK, September 2002.
Convery I. & Welshman, J. Mills, Migration and Medicine: Ethnicity and the Textile Industry, 1950 -2000. International Conference on the History of Occupational and Environmental Prevention, NorkÅ¡ping, Sweden, September, 2001.
Convery, I & Davis P (2016) Changing Perceptions of Nature. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer.
Roncken, P. & Convery I. (2016) Representations of nature in children’s literature in:, Convery, I & Davis P (eds., Shifting Interpretations of Natural Heritage. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer.
Elmeligi, S., Finn, S., Nevin, O. & Convery, I. (2016) Citizen Science in:, Convery, I & Davis P (eds., Shifting Interpretations of Natural Heritage. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer.
Van Maanen, E. & Convery, I. (2016) Rewilding: A New Approach to Conservation in:, Convery, I & Davis P (eds., Shifting Interpretations of Natural Heritage. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer.
Mayhew, M., Convery, I. Armstrong, R. & Sinclair, W. (2015) Public perceptions of a white-tailed sea eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla L.) restoration program. Restoration Ecology
Turtle, C., Convery, I. & Convery, K. (2015) Forest Schools and environmental attitudes: A case study of children aged 8–11 years. Cogent Education, Vol. 2, doi.org/10.1080/2331186X.2015.1100103
Convery, I, Ballogh, R. & Carroll, R. (2015). Flooding & Schools: Experiences from the Hull Floods of 2007. Disasters, Vol. 39, pp.146-165.
Nevin, O, Swain, P. & Convery, I. (2014) Bears, People & Place Natural Areas Journal, Vol. 34, Issue 2, pp. 216-221 doi: 10.3375/043.034.0211
Convery, I., Baibagysov, A., Baiturbayev, K., Deecke, V.B., Harpley, D., Holt, C., Janyspayev, A.D, Nevin, O.T., Nurtazin, S, Smith, D.J. van der Velden, N.K. (2015) Fuzzy Logic Modelling of Snow Leopard Populations in Response to Threats from Climate Change. Centre for Wildlife Conservation, University of Cumbria, Ambleside, UK
Smith, D.J., O’Donoghue, P., Convery, I., Eagle, A., Piper, S., White, C. & van Maanen, E. (2015). Application to Scottish National Heritage for the Trial Reintroduction of Lynx to Scotland. Lynx UK Trust/Clifford Chance/University of Cumbria.
Smith, D.J., O’Donoghue, P., Convery, I., Eagle, A., Piper, S., White, C. & van Maanen, E. (2015). Application to Natural England for the Trial Reintroduction of Lynx to England. Lynx UK Trust/Clifford Chance/University of Cumbria.
White, C., Convery, I., Eagle, A., O’Donoghue, P., Piper, S., Rowcroft, P.,
Smith, D., & van Maanen, E. (2015), ‘Cost-benefit analysis for the reintroduction of lynx to the UK: Main report’, Application for the reintroduction of Lynx to the UK government, AECOM.