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 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?
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.
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.