New paper: Science for success—A conflict of interest? Researcher position and reflexivity in socio-ecological research for CBNRM in Namibia.

This paper is a collaborative effort with Paul Hebinck and Sian Sullivan. It addresses epistemological and (cross-disciplinary) methodological issues, particularly positionality and self-reflexivity on one's position as a researcher. Especially when one works as a professional, this is important, as our case material from Namibia shows. You can read the paper here, and last year…Read more New paper: Science for success—A conflict of interest? Researcher position and reflexivity in socio-ecological research for CBNRM in Namibia.

New ‘blog post’: A manifesto by Dutch academics about important post-Corona politics in the Netherlands

First of all, my apologies to the non-Dutch speaking followers of my website; somewhat exceptionally I publish a manifesto in Dutch, signed by 170 academics working in the Netherlands, which was published in the newspaper Trouw on 11 April 2020. I hope an English version will be published somewhere soon, which I will then also…Read more New ‘blog post’: A manifesto by Dutch academics about important post-Corona politics in the Netherlands

Manifest van 170 wetenschappers: het is een blunder als we niet groener uit de coronacrisis komen

Onderstaand manifest is gepubliceerd in Trouw op 11 april 2020, klik hier voor het artikel in Trouw, hieronder staat alleen het manifest:   We kunnen Nederland radicaal duurzamer en eerlijker maken: vijf voorstellen voor Nederland na Corona COVID-19 doet de wereld op haar grondvesten schudden. De coronapandemie heeft nu al talloze levens gekost en ontwricht,…Read more Manifest van 170 wetenschappers: het is een blunder als we niet groener uit de coronacrisis komen

Postcolonial paternalism in tourism and development among the Bushmen of southern Africa

Various Bushmen (or San)[1] groups in southern Africa have been involved in a variety of paternalist relationships throughout history, with other groups acting as ‘superior’ to them and thus regarding them as ‘inferior’. In pre-colonial days, many have been engaged as serfs in a variety of patron-client relationships with black pastoralists (see, for example, Wilmsen…Read more Postcolonial paternalism in tourism and development among the Bushmen of southern Africa

New paper: State paternalism and institutional degradation at Treesleeper Eco-camp: Community-based tourism and the loss of sovereignty among Bushmen in Namibia

A new paper about Treesleeper Camp, where I used to work long ago and where I will go back soon (and about which I have written various papers in the past). I wrote it together with my collegues Verina Ingram and Mariska Bijsterbosch. The paper addresses the project's challenges at a local level, and how…Read more New paper: State paternalism and institutional degradation at Treesleeper Eco-camp: Community-based tourism and the loss of sovereignty among Bushmen in Namibia

New paper: Popular Philanthrocapitalism? The Potential and Pitfalls of Online Empowerment in “Free” Nature 2.0 Initiatives

Check out this new paper here. I wrote  it together with Robert Fletcher, and it is a critique on contemporary platform capitalism, more specifically on how even 'doing good for free' is these days commodified and depoliticised with the main aim to create more big data. I actually have played a Facebook game for this…Read more New paper: Popular Philanthrocapitalism? The Potential and Pitfalls of Online Empowerment in “Free” Nature 2.0 Initiatives