Student on the MPhil in Conservation Leadership course,
Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
Leonor worked in London for seven years after graduating in Geography. Her first job was as a consultant with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), investigating the potential value of hydrological data in institutional finance. This opened her eyes to the interface between industry and science, through discussions of global water resources. She further explored this interface when at the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), a global sustainable seafood certification scheme, where she spent 4 years. At the MSC she focused on traceability, auditing mechanisms and the seafood industry. This work fuelled her interest in conventional food supply chains, their interaction with illegal environmental damage, and causality. For example, which logistical or technical systems can prevent illegally-sourced raw materials from entering the food supply chain? What internal decision-making mechanisms are necessary? Can good practices be replicated across organisations and industries? Over the course of this year, she is looking forward to exploring such interesting questions with the lecturers and fellow students on the MPhil in Conservation Leadership course, and the broader Cambridge Conservation Initiative.