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The Centre for Compassionate Conservation offers a range of services:


The Centre for Compassionate Conservation is a hub to connect researchers and practitioners across a range of disciplines, organisations working in animal welfare and conservation, as well as government agencies.

The Centre engages in external collaborations with both government and non-government organisations (NGOs) by:

  • Developing best practice frameworks and tools to enable wildlife managers to consider multiple stakeholders views in environmental decision-making
  • Instigating change in both policy/law, and in the practices of government agencies that work with wildlife to improve wildlife protection
  • Facilitating academic collaboration with NGOs to provide expertise, capacity building and evidence-based science for educational programs, campaigns and community lobbying

Expert advice

A key strength of the Centre lies in the unique combination of expertise of our Australian and international academic members. Click here to learn more about our experts.

 The Centre can:

  • Assist in developing specific policy positions
  • Develop non-lethal management options and strategies to minimise human-animal conflict
  • Identify deficiencies in policy and law and develop recommendations to improve the enforcement of animal protection laws;
  • Engage different stakeholders through processes to inform decision-making, policy development, planning, and evaluation

Teaching and learning

The Centre builds the leaders of tomorrow by offering a multidisciplinary teaching and learning program to prepare future conservation decision-makers for the critical challenges facing environmental managers and conservationists.

This emerging field of Compassionate Conservation is taught to students through various courses in ecology, ethics, social sciences, animal and environmental law.

New courses are being developed and a specific degree in Compassionate Conservation is planned for the future. We also contribute to the supervision of research students in the field of Compassionate Conservation.

Communications and public outreach

Our multidisciplinary skill base allows us to communicate complex environmental issues to policy makers, the media, government, business leaders and the wider community.

We disseminate our research findings in a wide variety of academic and public spheres to encourage dialogue and find new ways to incorporate thinking about animal welfare into environmental decision making. We promote the field of Compassionate Conservation by presenting at public forums and conferences.

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Grant writing

The Centre assists members with writing grant applications to resource specific projects. Recent projects have received support from the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Research Council, Equity Trustees, the Lord Mayor Clover Moore Salary Trust Fund, Animals Australia, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Contact us

The Centre for Compassionate Conservation University of Technology, Sydney

T: +61 2 9514 4974
F: +61 2 9514 4951
E: compassionateconservation@uts.edu.au