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Yara is an environmental scientist with a particular interest in the intersection between ecosystem conservation and restoration, agricultural development and rural livelihoods. She completed her PhD at UCL Anthropology and the ZSL Institute of Zoology in 2022, using interdisciplinary approaches from natural and social sciences to examine landscape restoration strategies in Brazil's Atlantic Forest.

Yara is particularly interested in working at the science-policy interface, and before joining King's she worked on data analysis and policy support for biodiversity conservation at the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, and on the human and environmental impacts of tropical commodity supply chains at Proforest.

She is now a Post-doctoral Research Associate with the H2020 ReSET project (Restarting Economy in Support of Environment through Technology), which brings together environmental scientists, social scientists and stakeholders from five European countries to develop investment policy-support systems and analyse the potential for Nature-based Solutions to deliver co-benefits for nature and people.


  • Forest Landscape Restoration
  • Land-use change and participatory scenarios
  • Agroecology, biodiversity conservation and rural livelihoods
  • Restoration social science and policy
  • Ecosystem services and human wellbeing

Further details

See Yara's research profile