Sue Stolton and Nigel Dudley established Equilibrium Research in 1991. Our work currently focuses on three main areas: 

  • Broadscale Conservation: Integrating ecology with social values at a landscape level to achieve permanent conservation.
  • Protected and Conserved Areas: Identifying threats, promoting greater effectiveness and making the arguments for protection.
  • Society and Environment: Researching the changing relationship between industrial society and the global ecosystem.

Equilibrium work with a wide range of professional partners including research colleagues, designers, proof readers etc., to produce high quality outputs. In 2020, we were also delighted to develop a more permanent working relationship with Hannah Timmins, a young researcher who brings a fresh perspective and new skills to Equilibrium Research.

Outputs includes field projects, research projects, books, journals, manuals, reports and research papers; training materials; impact assessments; memoranda to inter-governmental bodies; proofs of evidence; web sites; conferences and workshops. We work closely with local designers to produce high quality materials and have an extensive photo-library. We work for:

  • Non-governmental organisations: WWF, IUCN, ZSL,The Nature Conservancy, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, etc
  • Academic Institutions: the University of Queensland, Open University, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, University of Kent, etc
  • International bodies: the World Bank, the Convention on Biological Diversity, UNDP, UNESCO, UNEP, SPREP, etc
  • National and local governments and agencies: in over seventy countries throughout the world
  • Business: including Touche Ross, Stora Enso, etc
  • Publishers and journals, including writing over 30 books

Sue and Nigel are active members of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and its Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) and Nigel is a member of the Species Survival Commission. Sue and Nigel are both Fellows of UNEP WCMC and IEEP.

Hannah worked for several years on forest protection and landscape planning in Indonesia and moved to Kenya in 2018 to learn more about the role of community governance and management in the conservation estate. Whilst in Kenya, Hannah has completed a Masters in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health at the University of Edinburgh, and worked on a number of projects and publications with Equilibrium Research.

CVs available on request.