Dr Esther Marijnen

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Esther Marijnen joined the SIID in February 2017 as a Max Batley Postdoctoral Fellow (2017-2019), working with Professor Dan Brockington (SIID), and Professor Rosaleen Duffy (Politics department). Esther’s work focuses on environmental issues and interventions in conflict areas, with a specific focus on Central Africa. As such, her research draws on insights from political ecology and conflict studies.

Her research explores the relationship between ecological distribution conflicts and wider dynamics of violent conflict. Morover, she is interested in how various environmental governance initatives, that are implemented in conflict areas, influence power dynamics, livelihoods, peacebuilding processes or dynamics of violence.

Prior to coming to Sheffield, Esther completed her PhD in political science at the Free University of Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) where she analysed the multi-scalar politics of conservation and conflict in and around the Virunga National Park, in the east of the DR Congo. Previous to her PhD she studied Conflict Studies and Human Rights at Utrecht University (the Netherlands). Parts of Esther’s PhD research have been published in a.o. the Journal of Peasant Studies, Geoforum, and Third World Quarterly.

You can follow Esther on Twitter @EstherMarijnen