Julia Aglionby is Executive Director of the Foundation for Common Land, Chair of the Uplands Alliance and a practising Rural Chartered Surveyor and Agricultural Valuer. She has worked as an environmental economist on National Park Management in Indonesia and the Philippines. Julia was a Board Member of Natural England from 2014 - 2019 and chaired the NE Board’s Uplands Working Group.

Julia was appointed a Professor in Practice at the University of Cumbria’s Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas in September 2019. She is active in the area of post Brexit policy development for England’s Uplands.

Julia lives in the Eden Valley, Cumbria on an organic pasture for life Care Farm  - Susan’s Farm CIO - of which she is a Trustee. She enjoys working on the farm at the weekends.

Qualifications and memberships

MA(Oxon) Somerville College Oxford Pure and Applied Biology
MSc University College London Environment and Natural Resource Economics
Diploma College of Estate Management Rural Practice Surveying 
PhD Newcastle University Law: Governance of Common Land in National Parks:

MRICS Chartered Surveyor
FAAV Agricultural Valuer

Academic and research interests

Julia’s academic interests focus on Common Property Resources in England and Indonesia’s Protected Landscapes. She is particularly interested in legal pluralism and the governance of commons. Her PhD on the subject can be accessed here Governance of Common Land in National Parks: Plurality and Purpose

Research supervision

Julia is available to support PhD and MSc students with their research in the fields of commons and upland management.


Aglionby, J 2018 Identifying Attributes of Successful Management of Upland Commons Outdoor Recreation Journal Vol 29

Aglionby, Julia 2006 Delivering favourable condition: a stakeholder approach to striking the deal on commons, The International Journal of Biodiversity Science and Management, 2:3, 262-265, DOI: 10.1080/17451590609618141 

Aglionby, Julia 2010 Danau Sentarum National Park, Indonesia: a historical overview. Borneo Research Bulletin Vol 40: 20-35

 Wadley, R. L., C. J. P. Colfer, R. Dennis, and J. Aglionby. 2010. The ‘social life’ of conservation: lessons from Danau Sentarum. Ecology and Society 15(4): 39. [online] URL: vol15/iss4/art39/ 

Aglionby, Julia, Roger Connard and Andrew Humphries Trends in Pastoral Commoning. Natural England 2009 Trends in pastoral commoning - Natural England › file

Aglionby J Community Management in Danau Sentarum Wildlife Reserve, Indonesia in Giesen, VJ. & King, K. (eds.) 1997. Incremental Costs of Wetland Conservation. Wetlands International, Kuala Lumpur, and Global Environment Facility, Washington, D.C.

Giesen, Wim and Julia Aglionby 2000  Introduction to Danau Sentarum National Park, West Kalimantan, Indonesia Vol 31:5-21

Bacudo, Imelda V.Aglionby, Julia Rambaldi, Giacomo Matsuura, Purisima Blastique, Teresita 2001 Handbook for the establishment and management of integrated protected area sub-funds  Philippines, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau, European Commission, Department of Environment and Natural Resources


Grimble, Robin, Man-Kwun Chan, Julia Aglionby, Julian Quan 1995 Trees and Trade-offs: A stakeholder approach to natural resource management IIED, London