Rosie Cooney is a scholar and practitioner in biodiversity governance and management, focused on international and national policy related to the sustainable use and management of wild resources and their interaction with human societies.
She is Chair of the Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi) of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature and serves on the Steering Committees of IUCN's Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) and Species Survival Commission (SSC). She holds first class Honours degrees in Zoology and in Law from the Australian National University, and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Cambridge, and has worked for over a decade for leading global environmental organisations.
She currently acts as a consultant to governments nationally and internationally, to non-governmental organisations, and to leading corporations, and is active in teaching and research at the Institute of Environmental Studies, University of New South Wales. Her most recent (co-edited) book is Conservation in a Crowded World, from UNSW Press.