Alice Milton

Alice Milton


As someone with a mixed arts and science background (a BA in English Literature from Cambridge, an MSc in Applied Ecology from UEA) I’m interested in research that connects the dots between subjective human experiences and the quantitatively measured biological communities that we live alongside. I’m particularly interested in what leads people to develop a connection with nature, how/whether that connection can benefit individuals and and how/whether it leads them to pro-environmental behaviours.

I’ve most recently been working in environmental education helping children experience nature first hand. I’m also a member of environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion and through them have organised a tree planting festival, done outreach and training work at events as well as door-to-door canvassing, and been involved in non-violent direct action in Norwich and London.

Alice Milton

Joint NERC-ESRC projects

University of Kent, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology

PhD title: “Finding the feel-good factor: Relating Human-Subjective Wellbeing to Biodiversity”

My PhD will look at how people relate to different biodiversity attributes; how that relationship differs according to their social background (e.g., age, ethnicity, gender, experience of rural or urban living); and how biodiversity knowledge and awareness affects the wellbeing benefits of experiencing biodiversity. This project will be focused on UK woodlands and will use a variety of social science methodologies alongside quantitative woodland biodiversity surveys.

This project is joined funded by NERC and ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)