PhD Candidate
PhD Candidate at Griffith University
Environmental Futures Research
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Julia is a PhD student with the Environmental Futures Research Institute at Griffith University and is generally interested in socio-ecological systems and sustainable resource extraction. She started her PhD project in 2017, investigating the spatial and social dynamics of the bushmeat trade in savanna systems of Africa. She is particularly interested in the use of social science theory to inform conservation problems and her research explores which interventions used to address bushmeat are best for reaching both conservation and development goals. This project is supervised by Prof Hamish McCallum and Dr Duan Biggs of Griffith University and Prof Kerrie Wilson of CEED. Before the start of her PhD, Julia completed her master’s degree in Conservation Biology at the University of Cape Town investigating the conflict between Blue Cranes and farmers in South Africa. She has also spent time working with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation to conserve the endangered Pink Pigeon.



  • Van Velden, J., Wilson, K., Lindsey, P., McCallum, H., Moyo, B., Biggs, D. (2020). Bushmeat hunting and consumption is a pervasive issue in African savannahs: insights from four protected areas in Malawi. Biodiversity and Conservation, 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-020-01944-4


  • Amar, A., Reynolds, C., Van Velden, J., Briggs, C. (2019). Clinal variation in morph frequency in Swainson’s hawk across North America: no support for Gloger’s ecogeographical rule. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 127(2), 299-309. https://doi.org/10.1093/biolinnean/blz037


  • Van Velden, J., Wilson, K., Biggs, D. (2018). The evidence for the bushmeat crisis in African savannas: a systematic quantitative literature review. Biological Conservation, 221, 345-356. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2018.03.022


  • Van Velden, J., Koeslag, A., Curtis, O., Gous, T., Amar, A. (2017). Negative effect of mite (Knemidokoptes) infection on reproductive output in an African raptor. The Auk: Ornithological Advances, 134 (3), 498-508. https://doi.org/10.1642/AUK-16-134.1


  • Van Velden, J., Smith, T., Ryan, P. (2016). Cranes and Crops: Investigating Farmer Tolerances toward Crop Damage by Threatened Blue Cranes (Anthropoides paradiseus) in the Western Cape, South Africa. Environmental Management, 58(6), 972-983. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-016-0768-1