WildCRU Conservation Geopolitics Forum

Start date: 20 Mar 2019
End date: 22 Mar 2019

Wildlife is threatened by challenges that are global in scale. These challenges are influenced by geopolitical relationships between countries, and their multiple, sometimes conflicting but often overlapping interests. Understanding and addressing the role of geopolitics in wildlife conservation requires diverse forms of expertise.

The objective of this ground-breaking conference is to spark a scholarly and practically-minded conversation around Conservation Geopolitics – how it shapes global trends that threaten wildlife, and how it might work as a site of intervention for conservation futures.

The forum will assemble leading academics, conservation practitioners and policymakers, and will involve plenary presentations, specialist paper sessions, and workshops. The provisional schedule includes over 60 oral presentations from leading scholars and practitioners from fields including (but not limited to) conservation science, international relations, law, development studies, environmental economics, tourism studies, political science, political ecology, human geography, anthropology, environmental humanities, and conservation ethics.

We have been able to grant a number of bursaries for attendance, several through the conference directly (see here), and several more in conjunction with the African Leadership University which you can read about here. We encourage both applied and critical interventions, and aim to facilitate a broad conversation.

You can register for the conference here.

This event is supported by the Kadas Fellowship at Worcester College, Oxford and the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit of the University of Oxford.