Investing in nature: the premise and promise of private conservation



Academic Profile

Jennifer Gooden is a DPhil candidate at the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. She holds an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management (BCM) from Oxford, where her MSc dissertation focused on policy barriers to rewilding in the UK and the Netherlands. She received her AB in Psychology from Harvard University.

Jennifer previously worked as the Director of Sustainability for the Oklahoma City municipal government and has prior experience in community capacity building in the nonprofit social services sector.

Current Research

For her DPhil, Jennifer is studying private land purchase for biodiversity and ecosystem conservation. Her research aims to understand the scale and characteristics of private conservation landownership by individuals and families and the factors that influence decision making about land purchase, such as motivations, values, and social context.