Dr Janine Robinson is a conservation scientist with a professional and academic background in conservation biology, endangered species research, ecological monitoring, zoological institutions, conservation social science and wildlife trade policy, research and management. She is a Lecturer in Conservation Science at DICE and is engaged in a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, as well as postgraduate supervision, ranging from natural to social sciences. She is also engaged in a range of wildlife trade-related research projects at DICE with Dr David Roberts, including Accessing and valuing novel plant material for the horticultural trade: implications for a legal and equitable wildlife trade. Janine is interested in using novel and interdisciplinary methods to investigate complex issues such as the wildlife trade. 

Dr Robinson completed her PhD in Biodiversity Management at DICE in 2017, funded through a 50th Anniversary PhD scholarship. Her PhD, Supplying the exotic pet trade: conservation and livelihood implications, utilised global analysis of wildlife trade data to explore dynamics of the reptile trade (particularly relating to source countries and origin), social and economic research methods to examine wildlife value chains and associated livelihoods in Madagascar, and specialised questioning techniques to explore factors concerning sustainability of the wildlife trade at the end-user level. Throughout Janine's PhD, she also conducted teaching and seminar duties as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, completed the Associate Training Accreditation Program (ATAP) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Prior to coming to Kent, Dr Robinson worked for the CITES Scientific Authority at the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and subsequently the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums, as well as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Before this, Janine spent over two years in Tanzania and Madagascar conducting and coordinating field projects, specialising in herpetofauna and bats, and conducted research on the vulnerable Pemba Flying Fox, endemic to Pemba Island, Tanzania. 

Dr Janine Robinson is a member of the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology



  • DI310: Skills for Wildlife Conservation and Management (Convenor)
  • DI510: Global Biodiversity
  • DI521: Saving Endangered Species
  • DI998: Dissertation - Conservation


  • DI871: International Wildlife Trade - Achieving Sustainability


  • Will Hayes: Predicting and navigating future discord between gold mining and other livelihoods in Guyana's rainforest (co-supervisor)
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