People and Nature is dedicated to publishing interdisciplinary research that explores the relationships between humans and nature.

Our international journal promotes innovation and experimentation, and encourages submissions that stimulate debate. Papers must have some ecological relevance but will also have material drawn from one or more other disciplines, such as economics, geography, sociology, and law. People and Nature is part of the prestigious British Ecological Society portfolio.

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  •  6 February 2024

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Cover image: A mother and daughter meet at the beach. People's connections to natural and constructed places can affect their personal well-being and social connections. Understanding these connections and what influences them may help developers plan landscape changes to best suit the communities they are working in. Photo by Tomas Buitendijk.

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Meet the Editors

For more on what our Lead Editors would like to see submitted to the journal, please take a look at this short interview with them. We are currently recruiting Associate Editors; to see who has joined the team so far please visit our Editorial Board page.

Editor in Chief - Kevin J. Gaston

Kevin Gaston

Kevin is Professor of Biodiversity and Conservation at the Environment & Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter. Kevin’s research focusses heavily on the interactions between people and nature. Much of this work has concerned the impacts of anthropogenic pressures on species, communities and ecosystems. More recently it has also had a heavy emphasis on the benefits people gain from nature, including those associated with their health and wellbeing. Kevin has worked on a wide range of taxa, and study systems that span the globe, and has collaborated with colleagues across a wide array of disciplines. 


Lead Editors

Rosemary Hails

Rosemary HailsProf Rosemary Hails is the Science Director for Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH).   She is Chair of the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE) and a member of the Natural Environment Research Council Science Board as well as Council member of the RSPB. She leads the co-ordination team for the Valuing Nature Programme, a £7 million interdisciplinary research programme funded by NERC, ESRC, BBSRC, Defra and AHRC. She is a vice president and member of council for the British Ecological Society (BES) and in 2008 co-founded the Natural Capital Initiative in collaboration with the BES and The Royal Society of Biology. She was a member of the expert panel and an author for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment and a member of the first Natural Capital Committee. She was awarded an MBE for services to environmental research in June 2000.

In mid-July 2018 Rosemary will be moving from CEH to take up the new position of Director of Science and Nature for the National Trust.

 Kai Chan

Kai Chan I am a professor in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at University of British Columbia. I am an interdisciplinary, problem-oriented sustainability scientist, trained in ecology, policy, and ethics from Princeton and Stanford Universities. I strive to understand how social-ecological systems can be transformed to be both better and wilder (‘better’ including considerations of justice). Towards this end, I do modeling and empirical research to improve the management and governance of social-ecological systems. I have special interest in ecosystem services (ES; while recognizing and working on the concept’s limitations), including cumulative impacts and risks to ES; the evolutionary ecology of pest control; applied environmental ethics; ecosystem-based management; social-ecological systems and resilience; and connecting these ecosystem-oriented efforts to environmental assessment (e.g., LCA).

 Robert Fish

Robert FishI am a Reader in Human Ecology in the School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent. I am an environmental social scientist interested in the social and cultural dimensions of natural resource management. Understanding how the natural world is imagined, valued and planned as an asset for human well-being is the preoccupying concern of my research.

Much of my work is centred on rural and agricultural landscapes and is distinguished by its interdisciplinary, participatory and problem-centred focus, as well as by direct intervention in the policy process.  In recent years I have been particularly associated with the development of ecosystem based approaches to natural resource management, which I seek to influence and shape from a social science and critical starting point.

Andrea Rawluk

Andrea RawlukAndrea is a Lecturer in environmental social science at the University of Melbourne, Australia, working in complex social ecological challenges, such as communities and wildfire, landscape restoration and transformation, and collaborative practice for interdisciplinary research. Andrea addresses interdisciplinary challenges at the nexus of policy, practice, and social change.