Marc Foggin is an Honorary Research Associate in the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, and the Director of Plateau Perspectives, an international NGO that supports community-led conservation and sustainable development on the Tibetan plateau and in mountain areas of Central Asia. In his work, he weaves together field experience as a conservation biologist and development practitioner, consulting roles with IUCN, UNDP and other groups, along with his on-going academic research and writing.
Specializing in mountain environments and the complex human dimensions of environmental conservation (and the sustainability sciences more generally), Dr Foggin partners with a wide range of colleagues, communities, and other interest groups. Within the sustainability sciences, relational values are noted as being of greatest significance, both ecologically and theologically. His current interests revolve mainly around a re-visioning of conservation approaches, largely under the umbrella of protected and conserved areas; re-centring local and Indigenous voices in development dialogues; and questioning some of the premises of sustainability as widely practised today (these being tied to primarily economic valuations and thus to the commodification of nature, people, and place).
Dr Foggin participates with a research group at Ca' Foscari University of Venice focused on social and environmental dimensions of China's Belt & Road Initiative. He also is a member of IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP), the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), and the ICCA Consortium, and an International Fellow of The Explorers Club. Most recently, Dr Foggin has joined the International Editorial Board of the journal, Mountain Research and Development.