Research Topics

Neil Aldridge

Research Topics

Are you passionate about contributing to the growing portfolio of rewilding research?

Here you can find a live list of ideas and topics for research pieces (bachelor’s, masters’s theses, PhDs, articles etc.) that are currently relevant for rewilding and rewilding-related iniativies. Or you can come up with your own if you see potential!

Send us an email if you are interested in researching on one of the topics below!

Arthur de Bruin

Free Flowing Rivers

Importance of free-flowing rivers

In collaboration with Pao Fernández Garrido – World Fish Migration Foundation, Dam Removal Europe.

Topics for thesis:

  • Case study to show and verify the ecological benefits (before and after) of removing a barrier in the river;
  • Case study to evaluate the economic business potential and/or alternatives after a big dam removal (or several weir removals). Some example could be: the recovery of commercial fisheries, the increase of wild migratory fish angling, tourism rise
  • Evaluate economic savings following a decrease in erosions or flooding-related problems after dam removals.
  • Evaluate (in numbers) the huge importance of river fishing in an a chosen river in Europe 2 centuries ago, as a sustainable and free food source and job creation, and what would it mean nowadays if we could recover this.

Free Flowing Rivers

Data & tools

In collaboration with Prof. Carlos Garcia De Leaniz – Swansea University, AMBER project.

Topics for thesis:

  • How to prioritise dam removal under data poor scenarios and how to account for uncertainty;
  • Study on barrier specific impacts;
  • Metrics and timelines for dam removal;
  • Building an evidence based narrative for dam removal;

Rewilding and Protected Areas

  • Within the Natura2000 framework, what opportunity is there to do rewilding?
  • What examples/ case studies are there of rewilding within Natura2000 sites?
  • What are the opportunities for rewilding under the IUCN categories for protected areas I-VI?
  • What examples/ case studies are there of protected areas of different categories doing rewilding?
  • Does the designation of UNESCO Biosphere Reserve or Geopark offer opportunities for rewilding? If so, what? And are there case studies?

Rewilding Europe Landscapes

Are you interested to write your thesis on a topic that would benefit one of the Rewilding Europe’s landscapes?


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