Robyn James

Director of Conservation, Melanesia, The Nature Conservancy

Robyn has been with the Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Melanesia since 2010 and is currently Director of Conservation. She also leads the work with mining and extractives and also women’s empowerment in work across the organisation.

She leads both the gender and mining strategies for the TNC Melanesia program and she has worked with Solomon Islands Government to develop minerals policy and as well as improving the role of women in the most remote communities be better involved in decisions around their natural resources.

She has expertise working with partners (from national governments to local communities) in over six countries on improving conservation/natural resource management outcomes. She has led the development of protected area networks and improvement of social and environmental outcomes of extractive industries (mining).

She has a B App Sc (Honours) (Natural Resource Management) from University Queensland, Australia and is currently undertaking a PhD on gender and natural resource management. She has previously worked for both the University of Queensland and Queensland Government on state and global projects on resource planning, conservation and protected areas.

She is a member of the UQ Sustainable Minerals Institute Environment Centres Advisory Board.

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