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Dr David Christian Rose

Dr David Christian Rose

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Director of Studies for Geography Gonville and Caius College

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  • Research Associate, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, November 2015-present
  • Research Associate, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, November 2014-2015
  • PhD, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, 2011 – 2014
  • MPhil Geographical Research, University of Cambridge, 2010 - 2011
  • BA (First Class) Geography, University of Cambridge, 2007 – 2010


I am an environmental geographer working at the interfaces between knowledge, policy, and practice. I am interested about the ways in which knowledge (scientific or lay) comes to impinge on policy and practice. My current project forms part of the EU Biodiversity Network (EU BON) which seeks to improve the use of biodiversity data in policy-making. This is an important, but challenging project, since my previous work has indicated that the relationship between scientific knowledge and practice is rarely linear nor top-down. Instead, decision-making is complex and scientific knowledge can only ever inform policy alongside a range of other factors.

My previous work informs this current research. For my PhD I studied interactions between knowledge and government policy in UK nature conservation, and I worked to provide tangible advice for conservation scientists seeking to improve the knowledge-policy interface for evidence-based policy-making. My last research post formed part of Defra's Sustainable Intensification Platform, specifically addressing how scientific knowledge in the form of decision support tools was taken up and used by farmers. The research illustrated that uptake of decision support tools in practice was influenced by a range of factors, which were not always fully appreciated by the research community.

Research Group

Conservation Science Group:
Research Associate

Research Interests

  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Sustainability
  • Science-policy interface
  • Framing
  • Storytelling
  • Boundary work
  • Evidence-informed policy-making

Key Publications


Rose, D.C., 2015. Climate advisers must be astute. Nature, v. 522, p.156-156. doi:10.1038/522156d.
Rose, D.C., 2015. The case for policy-relevant conservation science.. Conservation Biology, v. 29, p.748-754. doi:10.1111/cobi.12444.

Rose, D.C., 2014. Five ways to enhance the impact of climate science. Nature Climate Change, v. 4, p.522-524. doi:10.1038/nclimate2270.
Rose, D.C., 2014. Boundary work. Nature Climate Change, v. 4, p.1038-1038.

Other Publications

  • Rose, D. C.. 2015. 'UK National Ecosystem Assessment Follow-on: Synthesis of the Key Findings' (A review), Book Review, International Journal of Environmental Studies72 (2): 364-365
Papers in review/in prep
  • Rose, D. C. and Pryke, T. in review 'Honest advocacy for nature: how to present a persuasive narrative for conservation'
Unpublished contributions
  • Rose, D. C. (2014) 'Nature in a Changing Climate: Knowledge and Policy for Conservation, England 1990-2011', PhD thesis 
  • Rose, D. C. (2014) 'From evidence to policy - why so slow?', Guest Blog RSPB, available at
  • Rose, D. C. (2013) 'Good and Bad Birdwatching, Good and Bad Science', Guest Blog 'Standing up for Nature' by Mark Avery, available at
  • Rose, D. C. (2011) 'Biodiversity and Climate Change: a study of knowledge and policy evolution in the UK', Unpublished Masters thesis, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge