Robert Fish

Dr Robert Fish is an environmental social scientist with research interests in the social and cultural dimensions of natural resource management. He has a particular specialism in the study of rural and agricultural systems.

Dr Fish’s work is distinguished by its interdisciplinary, participatory and problem-centred focus, as well as by direct intervention in the policy process. In recent years, he has played a prominent role in developing the social and cultural aspects of ecosystem-based approaches to natural resource management, as well as in advancing a social science perspective to policy interests in the valuation of nature.

Dr Fish is currently a co-ordinator of the NERC-led Valuing Nature Programme and a lead editor of the British Ecological Society Journal People and Nature: a journal of relational thinking.

By training, Dr Fish is a human geographer. He was awarded a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Geography from Coventry University in 1995 and a PhD from the University of Leicester in 2000. Rob has held junior research fellowships in the Universities of Nottingham and Lancaster and been a Lecturer in Human Geography at the Universities of Nottingham and Exeter.

Dr Fish joined the School in 2015 from the Centre for Rural Policy Research at the University of Exeter, where he was a Senior Research Fellow in Environmental Policy and Management.