This editorial introduces a part-special issue in the Journal of Southern African Studies, on which I have worked for a few years with fellow guest editors Catie Gressier and Bob Hitchcock. It has its origins in the first international conference of POLLEN, the global Political Ecology Network (http://politicalecologynetwork.com/), named ‘Political Ecologies of Conflict, Capitalism and…Read more New publication: Koot, S. Hitchcock, R. and Gressier, C. (2019). “Belonging, Indigeneity, Land and Nature in Southern Africa under Neoliberal Capitalism: An Overview” (editorial). Journal of Southern African Studies.
Please check out my film review in the Journal of Political Ecology about this interesting documentary here. I got to see the film because I was invited to comment on it at the Movies that Matter festival in The Hague, and I was positively surprised to see how the story behind wildlife crime was being…Read more Film review: When Lambs Become Lions, a great documentary that shows ‘the other side’ of poaching
I wrote this important paper together with Robert Hitchcock, about the very timely issue of perpetuating land pressures on Hai//om people in Northern Namibia. In addition to an attempt for a collective action lawsuit by the Hai//om for Etosha National Park and Mangetti West, the Hai//om experience many other pressures on their land that need…Read more New paper: “In the way: Perpetuating land dispossession of the indigenous Hai//om and the collective action lawsuit for Etosha National Park and Mangetti West, Namibia”, by S. Koot and R. Hitchcock (2019)
This paper was written by a group of political ecologists, many of us who have founded or otherwise been involved in the POLLEN initiative, the global political ecology network. The paper is very timely: It addresses important contemporary challenges for political ecologists in a 'post-truth' era of increasing authoritarianism. We argue that we should speak…Read more New paper: Speaking Power to “Post-Truth”: Critical Political Ecology and the New Authoritarianism, by a collective from the POLLEN initiative, in the journal Annals of the American Association of Geographers
This paper addresses the important issue of trophy hunting in Namibia, among two Bushmen groups, which is often presented as a crucial element in 'community-based natural resource management'. However, the economic benefits that trophy hunting brings to communities are very limited, and the strong focus on such benefits perpetuates socio-economic inequality based on a global…Read more New publication! The limits of economic benefits: Adding social affordances to the analysis of trophy hunting of the Khwe and Ju/’hoansi in Namibian community-based natural resource management, in the journal Society & Natural Resources