Programme highlights

ESPA basics: ESPA funded 125 projects, covering 53 countries - with 922 researchers, of whom 50% were from the Global South.

ESPA’s scientific output: ESPA produced 419 academic publications (as of mid-2018), which are steadily increasing in number and being cited at higher-than-average rates.

Achieving development impact: ESPA research and engagement efforts have shifted behaviour among policy-makers, business leaders, conservation and development practitioners and local communities.

Building capacity of researchers from the Global South: This was an important objective of ESPA, and was facilitated through ESPA’s conferences and workshops, Fellowship grants, mentoring, and provision of teaching materials for university lecturers.

Creating a programme that is more than the sum of its parts: ESPA benefited from a central coordinating unit, the 'Directorate', and cross-programmatic learning initiatives that added value to individual projects.

Establishing a legacy: The programme ultimately supported creation of an ‘ESPA community’ that engages with the concepts of social-ecological systems, wellbeing and environmental justice, as well as the practicalities of co-producing research in ways that are useful for development.

Read more about all these aspects of ESPA's nine-year programme, 2009-2018, in the ESPA Programme Highlights report.