Key Interviews

Des Lawrence (2019) Calamity in West Papua. Radio Adelaide

Ping Manongdo (2018) Host nations must drive China’s Belt & Road toward sustainability. Here’s how. Eco-Business

Barbara Fraser (2017) Q&A with William Laurance: Expert says more ill-conceived infrastructure threatens Amazon. EcoAmericas

Isabel Esterman (2017) An 'infrastructure tsunami' for Asia: a Q&A with researcher William Laurance. Mongabay

Overviews of the Global Road-Mapping Scheme

William Laurance & Andrew Balmford (2014) A global map for road building. Nature

William Laurance et al. (2014) A global strategy for road building. Nature

Overviews of road impacts

William Laurance & Irene Burgues Arrea (2017) Roads to riches or ruin? Global infrastructure expansion must balance social benefits and environmental hazards. Science.

Mohammed Alamgir et al. (2017) Economic, Socio-Political and Environmental Risks of Road Development in the Tropics. Current Biology.

William Laurance et al. (2015) Estimating the environmental costs of Africa’s massive development corridors. Current Biology.

Gopalasamy Reuben Clements et al. (2014) Where and how are roads endangering mammals in Southeast Asia's forests? PLoS ONE 9(12): e115376. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0115376 

William Laurance et al. (2009) Impacts of roads and linear clearings on tropical forests. Trends in Ecology & Evolution

Editorials and popular articles about roads

William Laurance (2019) A highway megaproject tears at the heart of New Guinea’s rainforest.  Yale Environment 360

William Laurance (2018) If you can’t build well, then build nothing at all. Nature

Mason Campbell et al. (2018) Optimizing roads to limit environmental damage and maximize societal development in the Asia-Pacific. Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) eNews bulletin

Mohammed Alamgir et al. (2018) Road risks and environmental impact assessments in Malaysian road infrastructure projects. Jurutera

Mason Campbell et al. (2017) Optimising future tropical roads. Australian Wildlife

Mason Campbell et al. (2017) Roads to ruin: Can we build roads that benefit people while not destroying nature? Australasian Science

William Laurance (2015) Roads to Ruin. New York Times.

William Laurance (2014) Global 'roadmap' shows where to put roads without costing the earth. The Conversation.

William Laurance (2013) Can roads have a positive effect on nature? Australian Geographic

William Laurance (2012) As roads spread in rainforests, the environmental toll grows. Yale Environment 360 Magazine

William Laurance (2009) Roads to ruin. New Scientist

Ecological studies of road impacts

Alamgir et al. (2019) High-risk infrastructure projects pose imminent threats to forests in Indonesian Borneo. Scientific Reports.

Sloan et al. (2018) Hidden challenges for conservation and development along the Trans-Papuan economic corridor. Environmental Science & Policy.

Sean Sloan et al. (2018) Infrastructure development and contested forest governance threaten the Leuser Ecosystem, Indonesia. Land Use Policy

Sean Sloan et al. (2018) Newly discovered orangutan species requires urgent habitat protection. Current Biology

Mahmoud Mahmoud et al. (2017) Alternative routes for a proposed Nigerian superhighway to limit damage to rare ecosystems and wildlife. Tropical Conservation Science

William Laurance et al.(2017) Road expansion and the fate of African forests. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution

Christopher Barber et al. (2014) Roads, deforestation, and the mitigating effect of protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon. Biological Conservation

William Laurance et al. (2006) Impacts of roads and hunting on central-African rainforest mammals. Conservation Biology

Susan Laurance et al. (2004) Effects of road clearings on movement patterns of understory rainforest birds in central Amazonia. Conservation Biology

William Laurance et al. (2001) The future of the Brazilian Amazon. Science