Lisa Campbell

Lisa Campbell

Professor of Marine Affairs and Policy

Dr. Campbell's research focuses on policies and projects designed to reconcile wildlife (and other resource) conservation with socio-economic development, primarily in rural areas of developing countries. She studies the process of policy making, the transition from policy to practice, and the impacts of (and responses to) implementation at the local level. At the policy making stage, she examines how the interaction of science and other values, and how negotiations between stakeholders (local people, bilateral agencies, NGOs, and 'experts') inform the process. Specific policies include participatory development, community based conservation, sustainable use, and ecotourism. A major research focus has been on marine turtle conservation policy, and its implementation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Campbell is more generally interested in research methodology, including qualitative methods, inter-disciplinary research, and ethics.

In The News


Corson, C., L. M. Campbell, P. Wilshusen, and N. J. Gray. “Assembling global conservation governance.” Geoforum 103 (July 1, 2019): 56–65.
Boucquey, N., K. S. Martin, L. Fairbanks, L. M. Campbell, and S. Wise. “Ocean data portals: Performing a new infrastructure for ocean governance.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 37, no. 3 (June 1, 2019): 484–503.
Campbell, L. M., and N. J. Gray. “Area expansion versus effective and equitable management in international marine protected areas goals and targets.” Marine Policy 100 (February 1, 2019): 192–99.
Gray, N. J., C. Corson, L. M. Campbell, P. R. Wilshusen, R. L. Gruby, and S. Hagerman. “Doing Strong Collaborative Fieldwork in Human Geography.” Geographical Review, January 1, 2019.
Acton, L., L. M. Campbell, J. Cleary, N. J. Gray, and P. N. Halpin. “What is the Sargasso Sea? The problem of fixing space in a fluid ocean.” Political Geography 68 (January 1, 2019): 86–100.

Recent Grants


ENERGY 795: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects (ENERGY 795: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects)
ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
ENVIRON 551DA: International Conservation and Development (ENVIRON 551DA: International Conservation and Development)
ENVIRON 754A: Research Design for Environmental Social Sciences (ENVIRON 754A: Research Design for Environmental Social Sciences)
ENVIRON 791: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 791: Independent Studies and Projects)

Contact Information

Duke University Marine Lab, 135 Duke Marine Lab Rd
Beaufort, NC 28516


Ph.D., University of Cambridge (UK) (1998)
M.A., University of Toronto (Canada) (1993)