We’re excited to announce that Dr. Annette Hübschle, Senior Research and Postdoctoral fellow with the Global Risk Governance programme at the University of Cape Town, joins us on 15th October to give an open talk.

Hosted by BIOSEC, along with the Sheffield Institute for International Development, The Environmental Politics Group, and the Political Ecology Reading Group, her talk will be based on a just released report Ending wildlife trafficking: Local communities as agents of change (See abstract below). The talk will take place on October 15th from 3-5pm in Seminar Room D3C in the Geography Building, followed by drinks and dinner. For more information, please contact Dr. Francis Massé.

Recently named Current Sociology’s sociologist of the month, Dr. Hübschle’s research focuses on illicit economies, transnational criminal networks and the interface between legality and illegality with a particular focus on environmental crime, rural African futures, criminogenic collectables, and the illegal trade in wildlife.

Abstract

A large number of anti-poaching, conservation and management measures have been implemented to protect rhinos. None of these responses has achieved tangible results in lowering unnatural rhino deaths through illegal hunting in southern Africa. The international donor community, conservation NGOs and governments have disbursed millions of dollars to fight this illegal wildlife trade, and continue to do so. We argue in this report that these measures are bound to fail, as they do not engage with the most important change agents in conservation: local people who live in or near protected areas and game reserves. The report therefore aims to provide a better understanding of why African rural communities participate in wildlife economies, both legal and illegal, and how alternative, community-oriented strategies can help build a more resilient response to organized wildlife crime than has hitherto been achieved.

 

Register to attend this free event via the eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ending-wildlife-trafficking-local-communities-as-agents-of-change-tickets-50632016725