Dilys Roe

Principal researcher and team leader (biodiversity), Natural Resources

Dilys Roe leads IIED’s work on biodiversity and conservation. Her work focuses on the human dimensions of conservation – including understanding and supporting the necessary conditions for effective community-based conservation.

A strong element of her current work is on engaging local communities in tackling illegal wildlife trade and, more broadly, enhancing community voices in conservation policymaking and strategies for linking biodiversity conservation with poverty reduction and social justice. 

Dilys is a member of the UK Government Darwin Expert Committee (DEC) and Illegal Wildlife Trade Advisory Group; the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) Science Advisory Council, and the IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group. She is also a Fellow of the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre.


Linkages between biodiversity conservation and development/poverty reduction; pro-poor tourism; community-based conservation; biodiversity mainstreaming.

Before IIED

PhD in biodiversity management from the Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology (DICE).

Current work

Engaging local communities in sustainable wildlife management and tackling illegal wildlife trade; developing sustainable livelihood opportunities for park-adjacent communities; strengthening community voice in conservation policymaking; mainstreaming biodiversity values into development and climate change decision making