The Harrison Institute was founded in 1930 as a zoological museum specialising in mammals and birds. Today, it is a UK registered charity (No. 268830) and CITES listed (GB010). For a brief summary of the Institute's history and of the Harrison family. 


It is committed to supporting biodiversity conservation through research, capacity building and working with local communities.


Its staff and honorary research fellows actively facilitate and promote conservation by:

  1. training students and building capacity in collaborative biodiversity research, especially in tropical Asia and Africa

  2. training students in environmental education, especially in tropical Asia

  3. developing international networks of scientists, conservationists, governments, and civil society 

  4. developing community-based conservation programmes linked to poverty alleviation.


The activities of the Institute are promoted and supervised by a Board of Trustees drawn from a wide range of backgrounds.






The Harrison Institute has helped raise over $2.3 million from external funding sources for international biodiversity research and conservation projects. This is in addition to the substantial financial contribution it has made from its own charitable trust fund for the past 50 years. Institute staff have led, or significantly contributed to, projects supported by:

Anglo-Omani Society; CEPF (Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund); Darwin Initiative (UK Government); EU Erasmus+ programme; GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility); National Geographic (USA); National Science Foundation (USA); Rufford Foundation (UK); and the Waterloo Foundation (UK).




The Harrison Institute staff and its student have received many awards, including:


for contributions to Research and Higher Education

  • 2018 - An award from IUCN to Dr Paul Bates in recognition of his contribution to the study of Arabian mammals.

  • 2012 - Honorary Doctorate awarded to Dr Paul Bates by the Prince of Songkla University Thailand for academic excellence, contribution and dedication to the advancement of higher education in Southeast Asia.

for Community-based Conservation projects

  • 2020 - Travel Massive international 'Social Entrepreneurship Competition' - Awarded 3rd place to Beatrix Lanzinger and her Myanmar team for the Institute's ecotourism project 'Destination Ayeyarwady' 

  • 2019 - Southeast Asian (ASEAN) Community-based Tourism Award to Beatrix Lanzinger and her Myanmar team for the Institute's ecotourism project 'Destination Ayeyarwady' 

  • 2017 - MRTA (Myanmar Responsible Tourism Award) to Beatrix Lanzinger and her Myanmar team for best 'Community Involvement in Tourism' for the Institute's ecotourism project 'Destination Ayeyarwady'.

for the Institute's former Postgraduate Students

  • 2019 - Thai MSc student, Ms Awatsaya Pimsai awarded 'Outstanding Staff member of Prince of Songkla University and Outstanding staff member for the Faculty of Science'   

  • 2018 - Vietnamese MSc student, Dr Vu Dinh Thong, awarded the international Spallanzani Award for distinguished bat research

  • 2017 - Zambian MSc student, Mr Christopher Imakando, awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to study for his PhD at Greenwich University, UK

  • 2016 - Thai PhD and MSc student, Dr Pipat Soisook, awarded the international Spallanzani Award for distinguished bat research.

for young Honorary Research Fellows of the Institute 

  • 2020 - Ms Iroro Tanshi from Nigeria, one of three winners of the international FFN (Future for Nature) conservation awards.