WildCRU Conservation Geopolitics Forum:

developing conversations across disciplines

19th - 22nd March 2019, Worcester College, Oxford


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 was 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 assembled leading figures from multiple disciplines, alongside conservation practitioners and policymakers, early career researchers and civil society groups.


Through an innovative mix of plenary sessions, specialist paper sessions, workshops, agenda-setting processes and forum sessions, we developed conversations that transcend disciplinary boundaries. Our schedule included 75 oral presentations from leading scholars and practitioners.


We were delighted to offer full attendance scholarships, in conjunction with the African Leadership University (ALU), to 4 students on ALU’s Conservation MBA programme, 4 open-application bursaries and delegate fee waivers to several outstanding student applicants.


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