Before attending this conference, I would like to ask you a few questions regarding your work experiences in the conservation sector. The attached questions are part of a PhD research that aims to explore the perceptions of conservation professionals on professional development.
The questionnaire will take approximately 15 minutes of your time and includes questions related to your work experiences, reasons for working in the field of conservation and factors associated with professional development. I would be grateful if you could submit your answers by Friday 17th March. If you would like to be involved further in this research, there is the opportunity to schedule an interview at the conference, which will allow us to explore the needs and gaps in professional development for the conservation area(s) where you work in-depth. If you wish to take part in this, please tick the corresponding box and provide your contact details at the end of this questionnaire and I will contact you shortly.
By completing this questionnaire, you consent to participate in this research. All data, gathered in this study, will be anonymised to protect your identity and will be kept confidential in any research outputs (e.g. publications). Data will be retained for a duration of 5 years on password protected devices and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Participation is voluntary and you can withdraw at any time from the research without consequences. This research has been approved by the Research Ethics Advisory Group of the School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent, United Kingdom. This research is funded by the University of Kent Vice Chancellor Scholarship.
Results obtained through this questionnaire and the conference discussions will be used to inform an online survey for conservation professionals working in developing countries to ask about their needs and the gaps regarding professional development. Your contribution to this research means an important first step in exploring professional development as a domain.
For questions or an update on this research, please email me on T.A.C.Loffeld@kent.ac.ukI thank you for your consideration to take part in this research project and I look forward to meeting you on March 18th.
With kind regards,
Thirza Loffeld (workshop facilitator)
PhD Candidate | Biodiversity ManagementDurrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE)School of Anthropology and ConservationUniversity of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NR.