Dr Zimmermann specialises in human-wildlife conflict and socio-cultural aspects of wildlife conservation and development.
She also researches cases in which humans and endangered species come into conflict, for instance jaguars preying on cattle, or crocodiles attacking people. She studies the underlying social, cultural and political drivers of conflict, and develops strategies for mediation. She founded and now chairs a global expert group on this topic, the IUCN SSC Task Force on Human-Wildlife Conflict, as well as running a research group on this at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford and advising NGOs and INGOs on the issue.
Her specialisation is in conflict analysis, dispute negotiation and mediation, conflict theory and strategy.
- Conflict between humans and wildlife
- Environmental conflict analysis and mediation
Dr Zimmermann has experience of radio and TV interviews.