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 is currently the Coordinator of the project "Integrating traditional knowledge into national policy and practice in Guyana", funded by the Darwin Initiative, DEFRA, UK. Find out more here: Darwin Project Website


Jay is Associate Director of the new 2019 Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society.


Key qualifications

  • Over 25 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), fire management, bridging scientific and traditional knowledge
  • 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 25 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.
  • 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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  • Geographical Journal (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditor of research journal

  • PhD Supervision

    Activity: OtherPublic engagement, outreach and knowledge exchange - Other

  • Teaching

    Activity: OtherPublic engagement, outreach and knowledge exchange - Other

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