New paper: Conservation science and discursive violence: A response to two rejoinders

An important paper by myself, Paul Hebinck and Sian Sullivan, was published last Friday (https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2022.2064023), see also the publications page and this Twitter thread by Sian Sullivan: https://twitter.com/SianSullivanUK/status/1526510490192576512. To be able to contextualise this paper a bit: in 2020 the three of us published a methodological/epistemological review paper in Society and Natural Resources about positionality…Read more New paper: Conservation science and discursive violence: A response to two rejoinders

New paper: Fossilized conservation, or the unsustainability of saving nature in South Africa

Proud of our latest publication, with Bram Büscher and Lerato Thakholi, based on our most recent work in South Africa over the last few years. A great collaborative effort. I remember the first draft was written when driving in the car! the link to the paper is available on this website, as usual, under 'publications'.…Read more New paper: Fossilized conservation, or the unsustainability of saving nature in South Africa

Newspaper article in The Maverick

Recently a newspaper article appeared in The Maverick about one of my papers with Sian Sullivan and Paul Hebinck. It's called A question of bias: Trophy hunting is a contentious industry and shaping research to get a desired outcome doesn't help. The author is Don Pinnock and the full article can be found here: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2021-10-18-a-question-of-bias-trophy-hunting-is-a-contentious-industry-and-shaping-research-to-get-a-desired-outcome-doesnt-help/.

New paper. Selling captive nature: Lively commodification, elephant encounters, and the production of value in Sumatran ecotourism, Indonesia

This new paper in Geoforum concerns elephant-based ecotourism in Tangkahan, Sumatra. It analyses how value is created through encounters between mahouts (elephant handlers) and elephants, and subsequently through the encounters between tourists and elephants. It is open access. Many thanks to Ni’am Lubabun and Joost Jongerden for working together on this! It was a great…Read more New paper. Selling captive nature: Lively commodification, elephant encounters, and the production of value in Sumatran ecotourism, Indonesia

New paper: Enjoying extinction: philanthrocapitalism, jouissance and ‘excessive environmentourism’ in the South African rhino poaching crisis

Check out my latest paper, in the free access journal the Journal of Political Ecology: Enjoying extinction: philanthrocapitalism, jouissance and 'excessive environmentourism' in the South African rhino poaching crisis. It is part of an exciting special issue: Political ecologies of extinction (edited by Bram Büscher). The full paper can be accessed via https://doi.org/10.2458/jpe.2984. The abstract:…Read more New paper: Enjoying extinction: philanthrocapitalism, jouissance and ‘excessive environmentourism’ in the South African rhino poaching crisis