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Dr James McGinlay

Dr James McGinlay

Research Fellow, FIDELIO

 Jim dot McGinlay at warwick dot ac dot uk

  Ramphal Building, School of Cross-Faculty Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL


Dr McGinlay joined the Institute for Global Sustainable Development in 2021 as a Research Fellow on the FIDELIO project (Forecasting Social Impacts of Biodiversity Conservation Policies in Europe), funded by the European Research Council. This project explores the factors affecting public support for nature protected areas as a policy tool for nature conservation, including the socio-economic impacts, and how support evolves over time. He also works on the ESRC-funded ESCALATION project on public perceptions of flood defence plans in the UK.

Dr McGinlay is an environmental researcher with a broad-based interest in the environment and sustainability, and a particular interest in biodiversity and nature conservation, assessment and management, and in people's relationship with nature. He is experienced in interdisciplinary approaches to complex environmental problems drawing on knowledge from the natural and social sciences, and in mixed-method and case-study strategies focusing particularly on qualitative research methods. Past research has included work on the policy and practice of managing socio-ecological systems, and on cultural ecosystem services.

Prior to this he studied at the Universities of Oxford and Nottingham, worked in technical and engineering consultancies, with over ten years work experience in the field of environmental assessment and management for public, private and academic sectors, before returning to academia with research at the Open University, Cranfield University, Anglia Ruskin University and the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge.

FIDELIO: Forecasting Social Impacts of Biodiversity Conservation Policies in Europe. A 5-year research project funded by the European Research Council (2019-2024, 1.5m euros).

ESCALATE, Project research associate (ESRC/University of Birmingham, €200k).

McGinlay, J.; Holtvoeth, J.; Begley, A.; Dörstel, J.; Kockelmann, A.; Lammertz, M.; Malesios, C.; Jones, N. (2023) 'Perceived Social Impacts of Protected Areas, Their Influence on Local Public Support and Their Distribution across Social Groups: Evidence from the Eifel National Park, Germany, during the COVID-19 Pandemic.' Sustainability, 15, 10848. opens in a new window .

McGinlay, J., Jones, N., Malesios, C., Dimitrakopoulos, P.G., Begley, A., Berzborn, S., Botsch, K., Gkoumas, V., Kontoleon, A., Külm, S., Nomikou, M., Semm, M., and Sepp, K. (2023) ‘Exploring local public support for protected areas: What social factors influence stated and active support among local people?’ Environmental Science and Policy, 145, 250-261. .

Jones, N., Malesios, C., McGinlay, J., Villasante, S., Svajda, J., Kontoleon, A., Begley, A., Gkoumas, V., Cadoret, A., Dimitrakopoulos, P.G., Maguire-Rajpaul, V. and Sepp, K. (2023). ‘Using perceived impacts, governance and social indicators to explain support for protected areas.’ Environmental Research Letters 18(5). .

Hubatova, M.; McGinlay, J.; Parsons, D.J.; Morris, J.; Graves, A.R. (2023) Assessing Preferences for Cultural Ecosystem Services in the English Countryside Using Q Methodology. Land, 12, 331. 

Jones, N., J. McGinlay, A. Kontoleon, V. A. Maguire-Rajpaul, P. G. Dimitrakopoulos, V. Gkoumas, J. A. Riseth, K. Sepp and F. Vanclay (2022). Understanding Public Support for European Protected Areas: A Review of the Literature and Proposing a New Approach for Policy Makers. Land 11(5).

Jones, L., Boeri, M., Christie, M., Durance, I., Evans, K. L., Fletcher, D., Harrison, L., Jorgensen, A., Masante, D., McGinlay, J., Paterson, D., Schmucki, R., Short, C., Small, N., Southon, G., Stojanovic, T., & Waters, R. (2022). Can we model cultural ecosystem services, and are we measuring the right things? People and Nature, 00, 1–14.

Jones N., McGinlay J., Jones A., Malesios C., Holtvoeth J., Dimitrakopoulos P.G., Gkoumas V., Kontoleon A. (2021) COVID-19 and protected areas: Impacts, conflicts and possible management solutions. Conservation Letters, e12800, .

McGinlay, J., V. Gkoumas, J. Holtvoeth, R. F. A. Fuertes, E. Bazhenova, A. Benzoni, K. Botsch, C. C. Martel, C. C. Sanchez, I. Cervera, G. Chaminade, J. Doerstel, C. J. F. Garcia, A. Jones, M. Lammertz, K. Lotman, M. Odar, T. Pastor, C. Ritchie, S. Santi, M. Smolej, F. S. Rico, H. Waterman, T. Zwijacz-Kozica, A. Kontoleon, P. G. Dimitrakopoulos and N. Jones (2020). ‘The Impact of COVID-19 on the Management of European Protected Areas and Policy Implications.’ Forests, 11(11). .

McGinlay, J., N. Jones, J. Clark, V. A. Maguire-Rajpaul (2020). ‘Retreating coastline, retreating government? Managing sea level rise in an age of austerity’, Ocean and Coastal Management, .

McGinlay, J., Parsons, D. J., Morris, J., Graves, A., Hubatova, M., Bradbury, R.B. and Bullock, J. M. (2018). 'Leisure activities and social factors influence the generation of cultural ecosystem service benefits', Ecosystem Services, 31, pp. 468-480, 

Ridding, L. E., Redhead, J.W., Oliver, T.H., Schmucki, R., McGinlay, J., Graves, A.R., Morris, J., Bradbury, R.B., King, H. and Bullock, J.M. (2018) 'The importance of landscape characteristics for the delivery of cultural ecosystem services', Journal of Environmental Management, 206, pp. 1145-1154,

King, H., Morris, J., Graves, A., Bradbury, R.B., McGinlay, J. and Bullock, J.M. (2018) 'Biodiversity and cultural ecosystem benefits in lowland landscapes in southern England', Journal of Environmental Psychology, 53, pp. 185-197,

McGinlay, J., Parsons, D.J., Morris, J., Hubatova, M., Graves, A., Bradbury, R.B. and Bullock, J.M. (2017) 'Do charismatic species groups generate more cultural ecosystem service benefits?', Ecosystem Services, 27, Part A (October) pp. 15-24,

Jones, N., McGinlay, J. and Dimitrakopoulos, P.G. (2017) ' Improving social impact assessment of protected areas: A review of the literature and directions for future research', Environmental Impact assessment Review, 64, pp. 1-7,

McGinlay, J., Gowing, D. J. G. and Budds, J. (2017) 'The threat of abandonment in socio-ecological landscapes: Farmers' motivations and perspectives on high nature value grassland conservation', Environmental Science & Policy, 69, pp. 39-49,

McGinlay, J., Gowing, D. J. G. and Budds, J. (2016) 'Conserving socio-ecological landscapes: An analysis of traditional and responsive management practices for floodplain meadows in England', Environmental Science & Policy, 66, pp. 234-241,