Dr Angela Guerrero Gonzalez

Luc Hoffman Postdoc Research Fellow

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 52527


Angela’s current work with the Luc Hoffman Institute and the World Wildlife Fund focuses on understanding barriers for sustainable production and consumption along supply chains of agricultural commodities. Angela is an interdisciplinary scientist with a background in engineering, business management, environmental management, and social science. Her broad research is directed at developing and applying social-ecological research methods that account for the human and ecological dimensions of conservation and natural resource management problems, how these interact and influence on-ground environmental outcomes. She works with the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions in Brisbane, Australia.

As part of the Sustainable Consumption and Production team at the Luc Hoffmann Institute, Angela works to understand how the perceptions held by different actors along chains of production and trade of agricultural commodities can be addressed to minimise the impact on habitats and species.Angela’s post-doctoral work at the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions focused on identifying barriers and drivers of success for threatened species recovery programs, and incorporating human values into landscape restoration decisions. Her doctoral studies looked at the benefits and constraints in collaborative environmental governance, with a focus on scale mismatches and institutional fit. Angela also collaborates on different research projects focused on understanding how different governance approaches (e.g. collaboration networks) and how different aspects of decision-making processes affect environmental outcomes on the ground.

In her work Angela utilises a variety of social and natural sciences methods, draws on systems thinking theory, and applies network science theory and methods to develop approaches that can take into account the complex interdependencies that exist human and ecological aspects of environmental problems.


2015 Ph.d., Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation, The University of Queensland, Australia.

2010 Master of Environmental Management (with a focus in Planning for Social Development), The University of Queensland, Australia.

2003 Master of International Business, Griffith University, Australia.

1999 Bachelor of Industrial Engineering (Major in Operations Research), Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia

Research Impacts

Angela's addresses one of the greatest challenges faced by conservation researchers and practitioners: understanding and accounting for the social-ecological complexity that characterises most global environmental problems. Angela's research makes theoretical and empirical contributions to research on the social and institutional challenges to biodiversity conservation. Her research has provided empirical support for how collaboration approaches to governance can enable the coordination of actions across different management scales, and demonstrates how interactions between the social and ecological systems can be accounted for in conservation planning decisions, and in assessments of the effectiveness of environmental governance arrangements.

Angela's current research programe provides an opportunity for practitioners and policy makers to gain insights on how the environmental and social impacts that are driven by the production and consumption of global agricultural commodities can be minimised. By focusing on understanding the barriers to minimising deforestation risks of agricultural supply chains my research address issues of sustainable development, regulation, policy and governance.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Environmental Management, The University of Queensland


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