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Rosamunde started working for WWF Netherlands as a Senior Advisor in September 2018 and she is one of the founder members of a new Programme focused on science and development. Part of her remit is to develop new proposals and catalyse strategic research partnerships that bridge policy, research and practice. Her previous jobs as Deputy Director of the University of Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment and within CCI itself (in the Shared Challenges Programme before it moved into the DAB and at UNEP-WCMC) means that she has a really good bird’s eye view of conservation and sustainability research within and beyond the University.

Rosamunde sits within the Conservation Science Group two days a week and while there, she's looking forward to helping to build strategic partnerships between people within UCCRI and other CCI partners and external organisations such as IIASA and WWF Network offices all over the world. She is really excited about doing this and to draw on her networks and experience in order to help people to explore and catalyse new connections and write funding proposals.

Rosamunde is also the Editor-in-Chief of the 2020 WWF Living Planet Report, which will be published in September 2020. The theme of it is 'bending the curve' - not just of biodiversity loss but other curves related to what we consume, how we produce it and our impact on the world around us. The David Attenborough Building is a perfect place to talk to people within UCCRI and CCI partners about what they are doing and to bounce ideas around about how to best communicate the work we are all so passionate about.

Previous experience

Rosamunde’s PhD and her first post-doc were in primate behaviour, and her interest in sustainability stems from her second post-doc in the Zoology Department at Cambridge, where she modelled factors that influence whether the use of wild animals and plants in Asia is sustainable. She then built on this at UNEP-WCMC in Cambridge where she developed new indicators of sustainable use of wild animals and plants for the 2010 Biodiversity Indicators Partnership.

In parallel with her research, she has always been passionate about science communication and she worked as an independent consultant editor for WWF on their Living Planet Report in 2010, 2012 and 2018, helping to turn their biannual flagship publication into compelling and engaging reports about on the state of biodiversity and how our consumption and our ‘footprint’ affects the natural world.

At the end of 2010, she started to work for one of the University’s Strategic Initiatives, the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) as one of two Programme Managers of the Shared Challenges Programme, catalyzing and coordinating collaborative projects between CCI partner organisations and the departments within the University of Cambridge. In June 2012, she became the CCI Programmes Coordinator.

She began to work for the University of Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment as the Executive Secretary in March 2013 before becoming Deputy Director in September 2016.  The Forum aimed to stimulate cross-disciplinary conversations about some of the great sustainability challenges the world faces in the future and the research pathways which will help to prepare for and address those challenges.

Rosamunde Almond

Contact Details

Room 3.01 David Attenborough Building