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
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
Authors: Stasja Koot, Lubabun Ni’am, Chantal Wieckardt, Roderick Buiskool, Nadya Karimasari, Joost Jongerden Introduction In this blog post, we explore recent ecotourism developments as capitalist expansion in the buffer zone to the east of the Mount Leuser National Park (MLNP), Sumatra, Indonesia. The close interaction with nature, and some specific charismatic animals, provide for spreading…Read more Privatisation and commodification: Ecotourism as capitalist expansion in Sumatra, Indonesia
Stasja Koot and Robert Fletcher Introduction In this blog post we explore two novel types of ‘ethical donor tourism’: philanthrotourism and environmentourism. Both are often presented as supporting social and environmental causes, but this positive self-presentation may obscure how they actually benefit from and reinforce inequalities and environmental degradation. After introducing them, we provide a…Read more ‘Ethical donor tourism’ in Africa
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/.