Dr Rosie Cooney
Chair of the IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group
Dr Rosie Cooney is the Chair of the CEESP/SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi). Rosie is a specialist in biodiversity policy and strategy with fourteen years of experience in international and national policy research, analysis and development. She is currently a consultant in biodiversity policy to governments, NGOs and the private sector, and lectures at the Institute of Environmental Studies, University of New South Wales. She has worked for several major international conservation organizations including WWF International, Fauna & Flora International, ResourceAfrica and IUCN. She sits on the Steering Committees of CEESP and SSC. Her areas of expertise are sustainable use of wildlife, conservation and local livelihoods, international wildlife trade regulation, and environmental governance, with a strong focus on seeking approaches that both meet human needs and conserve biodiversity. Rosie holds first class Honours degrees in Zoology and in Law from the Australian National University, and a PhD in Zoology from Cambridge. She was recently appointed to the UN Scientific Advisory Board.