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Research Symposium 1 November (Wageningen University): ‘Towards Convivial Conservation’

Towards Convivial Conservation? Governing Human-Wildlife Relations in the ‘Anthropocene’ (CONVIVA)

Research Symposium co-sponsered by Centre for Space Place and Society (CSPS) and Political ecology @ WUR

1 November 2018

Orion Building C2030

Wageningen University, the Netherlands

Convivial conservation is a new conservation approach that aims to move beyond currently dominant paradigms that promote nature-culture dualisms and market-based funding mechanisms. Both of these are increasingly recognized as obstacles to sustainable conservation, yet viable alternatives for transcending them have yet to be organized into a new paradigm and approach. The convivial conservation proposal has been conceptualized to fill this precise gap in envisioning integrated landscapes and new forms of wealth redistribution. Yet for its further practical operationalization, broader discussions amongst different conservation actors are needed. This seminar aims to give a strong impetus to these discussions by focusing on different responses to human-wildlife conflict cases around the world that may contain elements of a broader convivial conservation approach.

Seminar schedule:

8:45 – 9:00                       Coffee/tea

9:00 – 9:15                       Opening/welcome

Bram Büscher and Rob Fletcher, Sociology of Development and Change, Wageningen University

9:15 – 10:30                     Session I: Relating Humans and Wildlife

Nature-based tourism and indigenous communities in the Brazilian Pantanal: between representations of biodiversity and biocultural diversity

Koen Arts, Forest and Nature Conservation, Wageningen University

Institutional Arrangements for Conservation, Development and Tourism in Eastern and Southern Africa

René van der Duim, Cultural Geography, Wageningen University

The importance of emotions in human-wildlife relationships

Maarten Jacobs, Cultural Geography, Wageningen University

Carnivores, colonisation and conflict: how to subjugate a nation and its wildlife

Niki Rust, Research Associate, Newcastle University

10:30 – 10:45                  Coffee/tea

10:45 – 12:00                  Session II: Human-wildlife co-existence in practice I

Designing wild-user friendly conservation technologies for animals

Clemens Driessen, Cultural Geography, Wageningen University

Behavioural Ecology and Wildlife Conservation

Marc Naguib, Behavioral Ecology, Wageningen University

Living with the wolf: A Luhmannian perspective to human-wildlife conflict in Redes Natural Park, Spain

Isabeau Ottolini and Arjaan Pellis (Cultural Geography) and Jasper de Vries (Strategic Communication), Wageningen University

Human-bear cohabitation in Rodopi mountains, Bulgaria

Svetoslava Toncheva, Comparative Folklore Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

12:00 – 13:00                   Lunch (in Orion cafeteria)

13:00 – 14:15                   Session III: Human-wildlife co-existence in practice II

Managing human-wildlife conflicts: examples from WWF programmes

Femke Hilderink-Koopmans, World Wildlife Fund Netherlands

Re-examining wildlife management: Living with bears and boars

Susan Boonman-Berson, Independent Researcher, www.bearatwork.org

Balancing with the Wolfs? Institutional change in dealing with large carnivores in Törbel (Switzerland)

Ariane Zangger, Department of Anthropology, University of Bern, Switzerland

What do animals tell us about poaching?

Frank van Langevelde, Resource Ecology, Wageningen University

14:15 – 15:30                  Session IV: Species, entanglements and politics

Landscape as a trap: tracing duck decoys as multi-species living machines

Eugenie van Heijgen, Cultural Geography, Wageningen University

Global conservation, local negotiation: a case of Barnacle geese

Yulia Kisora, Cultural Geography, Wageningen University

The Apex-Handbag: From egg-gathering natives via croc-farmers to the distributers of quality leather in a global market

Samuel Weissman, Department of Anthropology, University of Bern

The dynamic and two dimensional nature of human-wildlife relations: Learnings from a biosocial study on human-tiger interactions from Panna Tiger Reserve, India

Shekhar Kolipaka, Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University

15:30 – 15:45                    Coffee/tea break

15:45 – 17:00                  Session V: CON-VIVA Project Case Studies

Jaguar Conservation, Brazil

Katia Ferraz, Forest Science Department, University of São Paulo

Grizzly Bear Reintroduction, US (California)

Peter Alagona, Departments of History and Geography, University of California – Santa Barbara

Lion Conservation, Tanzania

Amy Dickman, Wildlife Conservation Research, Oxford University

Grey Wolf Conservation, Finland

Anja Nygren, Development Studies, University of Helsinki

17:00 – 17:15                   Closing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CON-VIVA Postdoc position at University of Sheffield, UK

We wish to appoint a Research Associate to the Sheffield Institute for International Development. The appointee will work as a postdoctoral researcher on the recently awarded project ‘Towards Convivial Conservation: Governing Human-Wildlife Interactions in the Anthropocene’ (CON-VIVA, 2018-2021). Candidates with a background in relevant social sciences (anthropology, geography, sociology, political science, etc.) will be considered, especially candidates with expertise in the broad areas of environment and development, political ecology, natural resources management and conservation.
Responsibilities will include:

• performing research on the (challenges to the) prospects and possibilities of convivial conservation (internationally by studying global conservation events and actors and comparatively across the four cases within the project)

• assisting in the coordination and management of the CON-VIVA project

• occasional teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels

• participating in management activities.
Applicants should submit a CV, a letter explaining your interest in the position (no more than 2 pages) and a two-page research proposal (not including the bibliography) that can be completed in two years. Reference letters will be requested for shortlisted candidates. Please apply via the link here.

 

CON-VIVA PhD Position at University of Helsinki, Finland

PhD (three years), based at the University of Helsinki, Finland: position to study human-wildlife conflict in eastern and western parts of the country involving wolves as part of larger CON-VIVA project.

We are looking for

The discipline of Development Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki seeks a candidate for a PhD position on the CON-VIVA project. Candidates with a background in relevant social sciences (development studies, anthropology, geography, sociology, political science, etc.) will be considered, especially candidates with expertise in the broad areas of environment and development, political ecology, natural resources management and conservation. Your responsibilities include gathering empirical data and performing research on the prospects and possibilities of convivial conservation related to wolves in Finland, five percent teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, and participation in project-related meetings and policy-dialogue activities.

We ask

As a PhD on the CON-VIVA project you have:

  • A Master degree in development studies, anthropology, sociology, geography, political science or a related field;
  • Ability to publish in high-quality academic journals and with top academic publishers;
  • Ability to work in interdisciplinary and international research teams;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills;
  • Enthusiasm for teaching and working with students;
  • Familiarity with the Finnish case-study contexts and knowledge of Finnish language is an advantage.

We offer

You will be given the opportunity to develop your own research line. We offer a temporary contract of a salaried PhD candidate for three years (36 months), with the possibility to apply for extension. The position includes certain UH Pension scheme, medical services and training and career development.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a CV, including a list of publications, and a 1-page letter explaining your interest in the position. Reference letters might be requested for shortlisted candidates. Please, send your application to anja.nygren@helsinki.fi as one pdf- or word-document.

Contact info

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:
Prof. Anja Nygren (anja.nygren@helsinki.fi, tel. +358 50 4155414)

Deadline for application: 17 September 2018, 17:00 CET.

Vacancy for five postdocs and 1 PhD position on ‘convivial conservation’

For the recently funded CON-VIVA project, we seek candidates for five postdoc positions and 1 PhD position. Position details and application deadlines can be found via the corresponding links (updated as they are published):

  1. Postdoc position (three years), based at the Sociology of Development and Change group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands: position is meant to help lead the coordination and management of the project and do comparative research addressing RQs 1,3 and 4;
  2. Postdoc position (33 months), based at the Sheffield Institute for International Development, University of Sheffield, UK: position is meant to help lead the knowledge exchange, communication and dissemination work package of the project and do comparative research addressing RQs1, 3 and 4;
  3. Postdoc position (three years), based at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil: position to study human-wildlife conflict in the Mata Atlantica area involving Jaguars to address RQs 2, 3 and 4;
  4. Postdoc position (three years), based at the University of Dodoma, Tanzania: position to study human-wildlife conflict in northern and southern Tanzania involving lions to address RQs 2, 3 and 4;
  5. Postdoc position (two years), based at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA: position to study the reintroduction of Grizzly bears in California and its potential impacts on local communities to address RQs 2, 3 and 4;
  6. PhD position (three years), based at the University of Helsinki, Finland: position to study human-wildlife conflict in eastern and western parts of the country involving wolves to address RQs 2, 3 and 4.

For more information or possibilities for collaboration, please get in touch:

bram.buscher@wur.nl or robert.fletcher@wur.nl