Professor Jay Mistry

Personal profile

Jay Mistry is a Professor of Environmental Geography. Her research interests include environmental management and governance, participatory visual methods and Indigenous geographies. Her work involves supporting local livelihoods and biodiversity conservation, action research using participatory video and capacity building for natural resource management. She is also concerned with fire management in tropical savannas, particularly the social-ecological interactions and policy implications.

 

Jay was the Coordinator of Project COBRA - Future Challenges, Local Solutions, an EU-funded project working with Indigenous groups in the Guiana Shield of South America. Find out more here: www.projectcobra.org

 

Key qualifications

  • Over 20 years experience as principal and/or co-investigator on a range of multidisciplinary projects in South America, the Caribbean and Europe
  • Particular expertise in environmental management and governance, combining environmental and social methods and analyses (including biophysical methodologies, participatory methods, participatory video and GIS)
  • Project development, management, implementation and reporting
  • Trainer and facilitator on various capacity-building courses and workshops
  • Author and co-author of a range of peer-reviewed articles, books and reports on environmental management and governance
  • Over 20 years teaching experience, from undergraduate to doctoral level
  • Former Director of the MSc in Practising Sustainable Development, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Member of the Darwin Expert Committee (DEC), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), UK government.
  • Member of the Guiana Shield Facility (UNDP) Committee, a multi-donor funding facility for the long-term financing of national and regional activities to conserve ecosystems, protect biodiversity, and to sustain livelihoods within the Guiana Shield, South America. 
  • Director of Impact, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway University of London
  • Awarded the Royal Geographical Society’s (with IBG) Busk Medal in recognition for two decades dedicated to conservation and policy impact research in the Global South in May 2015

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  • Teaching

    Activity: Public engagement, outreach and knowledge exchangeOther

  • PhD Supervision

    Activity: Public engagement, outreach and knowledge exchangeOther

  • The Geographical Journal

    Activity: Ongoing editorial work / peer reviewEditor of research journal

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