Tranquil lake in the Lake District

Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas

An international research centre.


We are an interdisciplinary team of academics, professors of practice, visiting & honorary fellows. 

We are interested in making a difference to national parks and protected area management. We collaborate widely with those professionals seeking to manage our special places for the benefit of all.

What we do

CNPPA operates a transdisciplinary approach, which focuses on world-class academic excellence with a global reach, the purpose of which is to inform and influence policy making, develop best practice, governance and innovation of resource use and promote knowledge transfer through high quality translational skills. It aims to attract internationally and nationally renowned academics in relevant discipline areas through conferences, fellowships, research and enterprise projects, whilst at the same time encouraging dialogue with policymakers and professional practitioners.


An international and national centre of research excellence for the transdisciplinary study of national park and protected area management – developing sustainable natural solutions to complex global problems.


COP26 Live Stream

We are delighted to announce that Centre for National Parks & Protected Areas (CNPPA) will be one of the founding signatories to the Protected and Conserved Areas Joint Statement (PCAJS) at COP26 on Friday 5th November.

This is an international statement signed by a number of international national park organisations, government departments, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature's World Commission for Protected Areas (IUCN-WCPA).

The signing will take place in the UK Pavilion at COP26 Friday 5th November around 1.45 to 2.15pm. You can watch our live stream here 

The PCAJS can be found here


What is Natural Beauty? Online Symposium

Who gets to define beauty and how does this impact the way we care for the land around us? Join the CNPPA for an online symposium 1st December 1pm - 5pm.  Hosted by the UK’s Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas and run by the PLACE Collective with the Wye Valley AONB Partnership and the Lake District National Park Authority.

This event will ask: What was the perception of ‘natural beauty’ 50/70 years ago? What is the perception now? And how do our actions frame what will be ‘natural beauty’ 50/70 years in the future?

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Farming with Nature 2021

Farming with Nature 2021 CNPPA hosted this online Panel Discussion and Conference in partnership with the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission. Recordings are available to view on our YouTube channel here. The event report is available here: Food, Farming and Countryside Commission - Event Report.


Lois Mansfield by bridge house

Professor Lois Mansfield

Professor of Upland Landscapes, and Director of Ambleside Campus.

Lois recently became a recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship (2019) related to place-based rural development using cultural capital in Japan. Lois is also research active in the area of upland agriculture as part of the Centre for National Parks & Protected Areas.


Find out more


Japanese mountain
Cultural Landscapes
This theme brings together areas of research which engage with the 'combined works of nature and humankind' (UNESCO) and which explore interpretations of, and creative responses to, the complex and dynamic relationship between human inhabitants and their natural environment.
People walking in The Lake District
Human-Nature Relationships
The engagement of people with nature produces a landscape. Personal, social, economic and political actions interact with natural processes, habitats and species in dynamic relations.
Waterfall with long exposure
Landscapes and Ecology
Researchers in this theme will explore the interplay between physical and biological systems within the context of a changing climate.
Place logo
The PLACE Collective is a community of artists engaged with issues of nature, environment and rural societies. It brings artists into a wider process of research, debate and knowledge-sharing and is driven by a recognition of the critical need for us all to take more sustainable approaches.
Ambleside lake shops
Rural and Visitor Economy
The rural and visitor economy theme adopts a transformational business philosophy that encourages the development of innovative thinking and contemporary approaches to planning and management that are linked to supporting a broad range of resources across the sector.
Close up image of a hawk
Wildlife conservation
The Wildlife Conservation group take a transdisciplinary action-orientated approach, drawing on natural and social sciences, to conduct research with the aim of protecting species, their habitats and ecosystems from biodiversity loss.
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