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Hanna Pettersson

Hanna Pettersson
Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity · Environment and Geography University of York

Doctor of Philosophy


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Citations since 2017
4 Research Items
46 Citations
Conservation social scientist based at the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity, exploring human-wildlife interactions, (re)wilding/restoration and conservation governance in Europe and beyond.
Additional affiliations
October 2018 - October 2022
University of Leeds
  • PhD Student
  • I am a PhD researcher within the NERC SPHERES Doctoral Training Partnership. I am a social scientist by training but have an interdisciplinary research focus, applied within human dimensions of biodiversity conservation. My research is focused on human-carnivore interactions, rewilding and the links between biological and cultural diversity (biocultural diversity)
October 2017 - October 2018
University of Oxford
Field of study
  • Biodiversity, Conservation and Management


Publications (4)
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Wolf populations are recovering across Europe and readily recolonize most areas where humans allow their presence. Reintegrating wolves in human-dominated landscapes is a major challenge, particularly in places where memories and experience of coexistence have been lost. Despite the observed expansion trends, little has been done to prepare communi...
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There has been much recent interest in the concept of rewilding as a tool for nature conservation, but also confusion over the idea, which has in turn limited its utility. We outline a unified definition and a series of ten guiding principles for rewilding, drawing on a global advisory group of rewilding experts. These were developed through a surv...
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Reintegrating wolves in human-dominated landscapes constitutes a significant conservation challenge. After decades of studying human-wolf interactions through a conflict lens, there is growing recognition that more nuanced perspectives are needed. However, this recognition has hitherto yielded few practical changes, and few have studied what underp...
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The rising demand for natural resources increases the pressure on conserva-tionists to justify the protection and restoration of biodiversity. However, the benefits of protected wild spaces to people are not always evident. In this study, we analyzed a rewilding and national park project in the Iberá Wetlands. We deployed the Protected Area Asset F...


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Project (1)
The research project is focused on human-carnivore interactions in agricultural landscapes. I will be looking at the dynamics between returning large carnivore populations (mainly wolf and brown bear), managing authorities and local communities in central and northern Spain. The emphasis of the project is to explore pathways to coexistence, the factors that enable mutual adaptation and how these can be reinforced. I will draw on perspectives and theories from both natural and social sciences, using mainly qualitative methods to conduct my analysis.