Dr. Enrico Di Minin is an Academy of Finland Researcher in Conservation Science at the Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki. With funding from the Academy of Finland and the University of Helsinki he started building a group of researchers interested in developing cutting-edge analyses, using novel data sources and interdisciplinary methods, to address the biodiversity crisis and inform conservation policy.
Previously he was a postdoctoral Researcher at the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Metapopulation Research. He earned his PhD at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent, UK.
His research background and expertise are relevant to investigate the interactions among biosphere, society and economy, which affect sustainability. His research has thus far focused on spatial patterns of sustainable resource use, combining a variety of data sources and computational methodologies, to inform policy. He has specific interests in land use planning; spatio-temporal modelling; and environmental economics. He addresses these topics by using cross-disciplinary research and big data, e.g. mined from social media.
Much of his work has involved working in Southern Africa, South America and India, but he carries out research at multiple scales from global to local.
Enrico is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Life Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and on the Editorial Board of the journals Diversity and Distributions and Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. He is also a member of the IUCN’s Sustainable Use and Livelihoods and Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Groups.