Keynote Speakers

David Macdonald CBE. Director of WildCRU, University of Oxford.
Sir Charles Godfray. University of Oxford. Global food and conservation.
Alexandra Zimmerman. IUCN and University of Oxford. Human-wildlife conflict.
Cosmin Corendea. Jindal Global University Law School, India. Migration, climate and conservation.
Sam Cushman, US Forest Service. Landscape connectivity.
Joseph Mbaiwa. University of Botswana. Economic development, tourism and conservation.
Kate Raworth, University of Oxford. Economics and the environment.
Bill Laurance, James Cook University, Australia. Keynote: Infrastructure, development and conservation.
Dominic Johnson, University of Oxford. International Relations.
Catherine Redgwell, University of Oxford. International Law.
Rosaleen Duffy, University of Sheffield. Political Ecology.
Cameron Hepburn, University of Oxford. Environmental Economics.
Shannon O’Lear, The University of Kansas, USA. Environmental Geopolitics.
John Vucetich, Michigan Technological University, USA. Environmental Ethics.
Rodrigo Medellin, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Reflections.

Confirmed speakers (21st– 22nd March):

Charis Enns and Brock Bersaglio. University of Sheffield, UK
How the geopolitics of transport corridors are shaping conservation futures in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Cristián Bonacic (Pontifical Catholic University of Chile) and Tara Martin (University of British Columbia, Canada) 
Free-roaming dogs and their impact on biodiversity worldwide.

Peadar Brehony (University of Cambridge, UK), Peter Tyrrell (University of Oxford, UK)
Achieving conservation across boundaries: the Kenya-Tanzania borderland. 

Christopher D. Bugbee and Aletris Neils, Conservation CATalyst, USA 
Big cats and border politics: the status of jaguar conservation in the United States. 

Susan Canney. University of Oxford, UK
Conservation in a zone of lawlessness and insurgency: the Mali Elephant Project.

Stefan Carpenter. Indiana University, USA
The impact of climate change on community-based wildlife management: a case study from northwest Namibia.

Guillaume Chapron (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden) & Yaffa Epstein (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Did we ask wolves whether they consent to be managed?

Charles C Chester (Tufts, USA), James Dubovsky, Michelle Haefelle, Aaron Lien, Brady Mattson, Rodrigo Medellin, Darius Semmens, Wayne Thogmartin, Laura Lopez-Hoffman.
Using "spatial subsidies” to address geopolitical imbalances in the ecosystem benefits and conservation costs of migratory species.

Luca Chiaverini, University of Oxford, UK
Modeling deforestation and land-use changes in Southeast Asia under future demographic and socio-economic factors.

Hannah Dickinson. University of Sheffield, UK
Caviar Diplomacy’ and building borders around sturgeon.

Yaffa Epstein. Uppsala University, Sweden
Reforming the (ab)use of science in law: Methods for communicating science to improve legal decision making.

Nafeesa Esmail, University of Oxford, UK
Horizon scanning for significant global emerging issues in illegal wildlife trade

Mohammad S. Farhadinia (University of Oxford, UK), Susana Rostro-García, Limin Feng, Jan Kamler, Andrew Spalton, Elena Shevtsova, Igor Khorozyan, Mohammed AL-Duais, Jianping Ge and David W. Macdonald
Big cats in borderlands: challenges and implications for trans-boundary conservation of Asian leopards.

Abhishek Ghoshal, Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysuru-Bengaluru, India
Snow Leopard Friendly Pashmina – converging traditional livelihoods, culture and wildlife conservation.

Elke Hellinx, KU Leuven, Belgium
Nature Abhors a (Legal) Vacuum: The Protection of Wildlife in Armed Conflicts.

Stefanie Heinicke (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany) and colleagues
Estimating the impact of planned infrastructure projects on chimpanzees in West Africa.

Peter Howson, Roy Smith, and Elizabeth Kirk. Nottingham Trent University, UK
Geopolitics of the Blue Belt Conservation Network within UK Overseas Territories

Harriet Ibbett and Stephanie Brittain, University of Oxford
Human Research Ethics in conservation publication and practice: A review.

George Iordachescu, IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy
The geopolitics of wilderness: challenges in protecting pristine nature and the prospects of convivial conservation in Europe. 

Marlotte de Jong, University of Michigan, USA
Constructing the poacher: Narratives of blame in ivory poaching. 

Zaneta Kaszta (University of Oxford, UK) Sam Cushman, Saw Htun 
Evaluating impact of major developments in Myanmar on clouded leopard connectivity and population dynamics.

Laur Kiik. University of Oxford, UK
Conservation’s geo-ethno-politics: Kachin Country or Northern Forest Complex in war-torn Burma?

Ian Klinke. University of Oxford, UK
Biology, radical conservatism and the origins of geopolitics.

Emiel de Lange, University of Edinburgh, UK
When elephants fight the grass suffers: China and environmentalism in Cambodia

Phyllis Lee (University of Stirling, UK), C. Hoffman, A. Schapper
Giving voice to humans and non-humans: inclusion and justice in use of natural resources. 

Rurik List. CBS Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Lerma, Mexico
Two views for one region, wildlife and the Mexico-US border wall.

Aishwarya Maheshwari, Banda University of Agriculture and Technology, India
Participatory rural appraisal of large carnivore-human conflict in Kargil, Ladakh 

Bernhard Malkmus, Newcastle University, UK
The Anthropocene: Geopolitical Challenges and Opportunities for Conservation Ethics. 

Túllio Maia, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil 
Mosquitoes’ Struggle: Notes about Ecology and Co-inhabiting in a Conservation Unity in Brazilian Backwoods.

Mandara BM, Christ University (Bangalore), India
Mitigating human-wildlife conflict using the Thomas Kilmann instrument.

Patricia Manzano. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
Geopolitics, meat and biodiversity.

Francis Massé & Jared Margulies. University of Sheffield, UK.
The geopolitical priorities of US biodiversity conservation: Mapping the activities and funding of the US Fish and Wildlife Service's International Affairs Program. 

Shane McGuinness. Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
The political ecology of transboundary conservation in northern Rwanda.

Mucha Mkono, University of Queensland, Australia
Conservation lessons from moments of ‘moral panic’: Marius, Cecil, Harambe, Tilikum, and Xanda. 

Jasper Montana. University of Oxford, UK
Transnational diplomacies of knowing nature.

Aletris Neils, Humboldt State University, USA
Unintended consequences: how the animal rights movement inadvertently increased persecution of Namibian carnivores.

Benjamin Neimark and Patrick Bigger, Lancaster University, UK
Geopolitical Ecologies: An Analytical Framework for Biological Conservation.

Shadrack Ngene, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya
Monitoring of Illegal Ivory Trade in Kenya: The Analysis Controversy and GeoPolitics. 

Ally Palmer, University of Oxford, UK
Bosses, baddies, and “baby-huggers”: the ethics of fundraising in orangutan rehabilitation. 

Laura Perry. University of Oxford, UK
Using cross-country comparisons to explore patterns in livestock management and reduce human-carnivore conflict.

Aenne Post
Poaching and consumptive wildlife utilisation: are they interconnected?

Jessica Bell Rizzolo, Michigan State, US
Tourism and wildlife consumption.

Stephanie Romañach (U.S. Geological Survey, USA), Sally Faulkner, Michael Stevens, Peter Lindsey, Steven Le Comber
Targeting wildlife crime interventions. 

Andrew Rowan, The Humane Society
Ending consumptive use of terrestrial wildlife

Michael 't Sas-Rolfes, University of Oxford, UK
Moral tribalism in global conservation governance: Implications for African megafauna

Catherine Semcer, Property and Environmental Research Centre, Bozeman USA.
The US Endangered Species Act as a tool for de-facto sanctions.

Trishant Simlai. University of Cambridge, UK
Armed insurgencies, peace, and conservation in Assam, India

Daisy Sutcliffe, University of Glasgow, UK 
The Congealing Nature of World Heritage: emergent properties of ‘kinservation’.

Mark Titley. Durham University, UK
Climate change impacts on terrestrial biodiversity: exploring projected changes in a human context. 

Arie Trouwborst, Tilburg University, Netherlands 
Leopards (Panthera pardus) and wildlife treaties – transboundary cooperation to improve the fate of the world’s most international big cat. 

Jonathan Turnbull, University of Cambridge, UK
Transgressing and dissecting the Exclusion Zone: Chernobyl’s Roaming Radioactive Wolves.

Peter Tyrell, University of Oxford, UK
Assessing policy implementation using the social-ecological systems framework – one size does not fit all. 

Francis Vorhies, Stellenbosch University, RSA
Wildlife, Conservation, Sustainable Development, and Policy Coherence

Annecoos Wiersema (University of Denver, USA), Floor Fleurke (Tilburg University, Netherlands).
Protection status and jurisdictional mismatches in the shadow of trophy hunting.


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