The WildCRU Forum on Conservation Geopolitics:

developing conversations across disciplines

19th - 22nd March 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. 


Confirmed Key Speakers include:


  • Professor Rosaleen Duffy, Department of Politics, The University of Sheffield
  • Professor Sir Charles Godfray, Director, Oxford Martin School, The University of Oxford
  • Professor Cameron Hepburn, Oxford Martin School, The University of Oxford
  • Professor Bill Laurance, Centre for Tropical Environmental & Sustainability Studies, James Cook University
  • Professor Shannon O'Lear, Department of Geography & Atmospheric Science, The University of Kansas
  • Professor Joseph Mbaiwa, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana
  • Professor Catherine Redgwell, All Souls College, The University of Oxford
  • Professor John Vucetich, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Tech


The forum will assemble 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, it will develop a conversation that transcends disciplinary boundaries. 


We invite papers and posters on the theme of Conservation Geopolitics 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 encourage both applied and critical interventions. We aim to facilitate a broad conversation.


The Call for Papers is open until 5th October 2018, and you can register for the conference here, or for updates here. More information will be released on this website before the Forum. This event is supported by the Kadas Fellowship at Worcester College, Oxford and the Wildlife Conservation Unit of the University of Oxford. A limited number of travel bursaries will be available for practitioners and/or students attending from overseas.




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