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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com as one pdf- or word-document.
Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:
Prof. Anja Nygren (firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +358 50 4155414)
Deadline for application: 17 September 2018, 17:00 CET.
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):
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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: