Diane A. Matar is a Postdoctoral Researcher with Professor Nicole Ardoin’s Social Ecology Lab. Diane helps oversee the social science research aspects of the interdisciplinary Summen/
Diane earned her Ph.D. in 2015 from Central European University, where her research focused on identifying place-based factors determining effective implementation and management of biosphere reserves in North Africa Middle East. During her PhD, the IUCN featured Diane as an inspiring leader for the next generation of conservationists. As a social ecologist, her research focuses on human dimensions of nature conservation, with an emphasis on Parks and Protected Areas. Topics of interest include adaptive and collaborative governance, environmental learning, management effectiveness, and evaluation. A more detailed researcher profile and list of publications are available here.