School of Earth and Environment

Solene Guenat Solene Guenat

Postgraduate Researcher

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Room: 9.157

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


I am a postgraduate researcher working with Dr Martin Dallimer, Prof Bill Kunin and Prof Andy Dougil as part of the Sustainability Research Institute. My project aims to measure the potential of small Ghanaian cities to provide ecosystem services, understand the urban dwellers' perception of urban ecosystem services and explore the goverance structure surrounding the management of urban greenspaces. I am a member of the environment and development research group.

Prior to starting my PhD, I completed my master ecology at the Lund University. Having always been interested in the interactions between humans and the natural environment, I specialised in conservation and agro-ecology and wrote my master thesis on the effects of agroforestry on biological control in small-scale farms of Kenya. I have work experience as science outreach officer.


2014: Master of Science MSc. at Lund University, Sweden: Biology, with specialization in Ecology

Thesis: Assessing the effects of agroforestry practices on biological control potential in kale (Brassica oleracea acephala) plantations in Western Kenya

2012: Bachelor of Science BSc. (with honors) at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland: Biology and Ethnology


British Ecological Society

Research Interests

  • Urban ecosystems
  • Ecosystem services
  • Pollination
  • Perception of the natural environment
  • Governance of urban greenspaces
  • Natural resources management

Project details

Project title

How does urbanisation affect regulating and cultural ecosystem services in small African cities?


Dr Martin Dallimer, Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds

Professor Bill Kunin, School of Biology, University of Leeds

Professor Andy Dougill, Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds


Leeds-York NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) 2015

Start date

1st October 2015

Project outline

African cities are rapidly expanding, causing urbanisation to be an important threat to biodiversity and related ecosystem services. Yet as the role of urban greenspaces in providing ecosystem services is increasingly recognised, such fast-growing cities provide an important window of opportunities for landscape planners to mitigate their impact on the environment by include greenspaces in those urban areas.

My project aims to explore ecosystem services provision, perception and management in fast-growing African cities. This will be achieved by assessing pollination, a regulating ecosystem essential urban agriculture; by exploring the urban dwellers' perceptions of various ecosystem services; and by investigating the governance mechanisms surrounding urban greenspaces.