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dr. Bram Buscher

dr. Bram Buscher

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International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

Erasmus University Rotterdam

 

Associate Professor

 

T: +31 70 4260596

E: buscher@remove-this.iss.nl

Room: 4.05

Personal website: http://brambuscher.com


 

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Associate Professor
University Erasmus University Rotterdam
School International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Department Academic Staff Unit
   

Research

Bram Büscher is Associate Professor of Environment and Sustainable Development at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University, the Netherlands.

He also holds visiting positions at the Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies of the University of Johannesburg and the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology of Stellenbosch University, both in South Africa.

Bram received his PhD (cum laude) from the VU University Amsterdam in 2009 and held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies of the University of Johannesburg, South Africa from September 2008 to January 2012. His research interests revolve around (transfrontier) conservation / development interventions, green neoliberalism / capitalism, (eco)tourism, social media and the political economy of energy.

In 2011, he received a prestigious NWO (Dutch Scientific Research Organization) Veni grant for a research project entitled Nature 2.0: The Political Economy of Conservation in Online and Southern African Environments.

Bram has published over 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes and is the author of Transforming the Frontier. Peace Parks and the Politics of Neoliberal Conservation in Southern Africa (Duke University Press, 2013). He is also the co-editor of The Ecotourism / Extraction Nexus: Rural Realities and Political Economies of (un)Comfortable Bedfellows (Routledge, 2013, co-edited with Veronica Davidov) and Nature™ Inc: Environmental Conservation in the Neoliberal Age (University of Arizona Press, 2014, co-edited with Wolfram Dressler and Robert Fletcher).

Since 2012, Bram is one of the editors of the open-access journal Conservation & Society (www.conservationandsociety.org) and a forthcoming book series with the University of Arizona Press on Critical Green Engagements: investigating the Green Economy and its Alternatives.

For more information, and access to publications, visit Büscher’s personal website http://brambuscher.com/.

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  • Buscher, B.E. (2013). Nature on the Move: The Value and Circulation of Liquid Nature and the Emergence of Fictitious Conservation. New Proposals: Journal of Marxism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry, 6(1-2), 20-36.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2013). Nature 2.0. Geoforum, 44, 1-3.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2013). ‘Prosuming’ Conservation? Web 2.0, Nature and the Intensification of Value-Producing Labour in Late Capitalism. Journal of Consumer Culture, 13(3), 283-305.
  • Sandbrook, C., Adams, W.M., Buscher, B.E. & Vira, B. (2013). Social Research and Biodiversity Conservation. Conservation Biology, 27(6), 1487-1490.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2013). Introducing “Nature on the Move” – A Triptych. New Proposals: Journal of Marxism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry, 6(1-2), 15-19.
  • Buscher, B.E. & Arsel, M. (2012). Introduction: neoliberal conservation, uneven geographical development and the dynamics of contemporary capitalism. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 103(2), 129-135.
  • Buscher, B.E. & Dressler, W. (2012). Commodity Conservation. The restructuring of community conservation in South Africa and the Philippines. Geoforum, 43(3), 367-376.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2012). The Political Economy of Africa¿s Natural Resources and the `Great Financial Crisis¿. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 103(2), 136-149.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2012). Payments for ecosystem services as neoliberal conservation: (reinterpreting) Evidence from the Maloti-Drakensberg, South Africa. Conservation and Society, 10(1), 29-41.
  • Buscher, B.E., Sullivan, Sian, Neves, K., Igoe, J. & Brockington, D. (2012). Towards a Synthesized Critique of Neoliberal Biodiversity Conservation. Capitalism Nature Socialism, 23(2), 4-30.
  • Buscher, B.E. & Dressler, W. (2012). Commodity Conservation. The restructuring of community conservation in South Africa and the Philippines. Geoforum, 43(3), 367-376.
  • Arsel, M. & Buscher, B.E. (2012). Nature¿ Inc: Changes and Continuities in Neoliberal Conservation and Environmental Markets. Development and Change, 43(1), 53-78.
  • Buscher, B.E. & Morrissey, L.F. (2012). Neo-liberal Conservation and the Cementing of Inequality. Interview with Bram Büscher. Development, 55(1), 13-16.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2012). Inverted Commons: Africa¿s Nature in the Global Imagination. RCC Perspectives, 5/2012, 31-37.
  • Buscher, B.E. & De Beer, E. (2011). The Contemporary Paradox of Long-term Planning for Social-Ecological Change and its Effects on the Discourse-Practice Divide: Evidence from Southern Africa. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management , 54(3), 301-318.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2010). Seeking Telos in the `Transfrontier¿: Neoliberalism and the Transcending of Community Conservation in Southern Africa. Environment and Planning A: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 42(3), 644-660.
  • Dressler, W., Buscher, B.E., Schoon, M., Brockington, D., Hayes, T., Kull, C.A., McCarthy, J. & Shrestha, K. (2010). From hope to crisis and back again? A critical history of the global CBNRM narrative. Environmental Conservation, 37(1), 5-15.
  • Wittmayer, J.M. & Buscher, B.E. (2010). Conserving conflict? Transfrontier conservation, development discourses and conflict between South Africa and Lesotho. Human Ecology, 38(6), 763-773.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2010). Derivative Nature: interrogating the value of conservation in 'Boundless Southern Africa'. Third World Quarterly, 31(2), 259-276.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2010). Anti-Politics as Political Strategy: Neoliberalism and Transfrontier Conservation in Southern Africa. Development and Change, 41(1), 29-51.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2009). Beyond placebo discussions. Current Conservation, 2.4.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2009). Groen-rechts werkt niet. Milieudefensie magazine, 38(1/2), 28-29.
  • Buscher, B.E. & Schoon, M. (2009). Competition Over Conservation: Collective Action and Negotiating Transfrontier Conservation in Southern Africa. Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy, 12(1-2), 33-59.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2009). Letters of Gold: Enabling Primitive Accumulation through Neoliberal Conservation. Human Geography, 2(3).
  • Buscher, B.E. (2009). Connecting political economies of energy in South Africa. Energy Policy, 37(10), 3951-3958.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2008). Development between Nuance and Neoliberalism (Review Article). Focaal - European Journal of Anthropology, 161-168.
  • Wolfram, D & Buscher, B.E. (2008). Market Triumphalism and the so-called CBNRM crisis at the South African Section of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Geoforum, 39(1), 452-465.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2008). Conservation, Neoliberalism and Social Science: a Critical Reflection on the SCB 2007 Annual Meeting, South Africa. Conservation Biology, 22(2), 229-231.
  • Buscher, B.E. & Schoon, M. (2008). Competition over Conservation: Governance, Cooperation and Negotiating Transfrontier Conservation. Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy, 11(4).
  • Buscher, B.E. (2008). Whims of the Winds of Time? Emerging Trends in Biodiversity Conservation. Current Conservation, 2(2), 20-21.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2008). Peace Parks in Zuidelijk Afrika: Verzoening of Frictie? Zuid-Afrika, 85(6), 111-112.
  • Buscher, B.E. & Beer, E. de (2008). The Paradox of Long-term Planning for Social-Ecological Change. Effects of the Discourse-Practice Divide in Southern Africa. Ökologisches Wirtschaften, 2, 27-29.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2007). Linking Neoprotectionism and Environmental Governance: on the Rapidly Increasing Tensions Between Actors in the Environment-Development Nexus. Conservation and Society, 5(4), 586-611.
  • Buscher, B.E. & Mutimukuru, T. (2007). Buzzing too far? The Ideological Echo of the Global Governance Agenda on the Local Level: The case of the Mafungautsi Forest in Zimbabwe. Development Southern Africa, 24(5), 649-664.
  • Buscher, B.E. & Whande, W. (2007). Whims of the Winds of Time? Contestations in Biodiversity Conservation and Protected Areas Management. Conservation and Society, 5(1), 22-43.
  • Buscher, B.E. & Wolmer, W. (2007). Introduction. The politics of Engagement between Biodiversity Conservation and the Social Sciences. Conservation and Society, 5(1), 1-21.
  • Atkinson, D. & Buscher, B.E. (2006). Municipal Commonage and Implications for Land Reform: A Profile of Commonage Users in Philippolis, Free State, South Africa. Agrekon, 45(4), 437-466.
  • Amerom, M. van & Buscher, B.E. (2005). Peace Parks in Southern Africa: Bringers of an African Renaissance? Journal of Modern African Studies, 43(2), 159-182.
  • Buscher, B.E. & Dietz, T. (2005). Conjunctions of Governance: the State and the conservation-development nexus in Southern Africa. Journal of Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies , 4(2), 1-15.
  • Buscher, B.E. & Davidov, V. (2013). Conceptualising lived experiences within the political economy of the Ecotourism-Extraction Nexus. In B.E. Buscher & V. Davidov (Eds.), The Ecotourism – Extraction Nexus: Political Economies and Rural Realities of (un)Comfortable Bedfellows (ISS studies in rural livelihoods, 10) (pp. 17-34). London: Routledge.
  • Davidov, V. & Buscher, B.E. (2013). Introduction: the Ecotourism-Extraction Nexus. In B.E. Buscher & V. Davidov (Eds.), The Ecotourism – Extraction Nexus: Political Economies and Rural Realities of (Un)Comfortable Bedfellows (ISS studies in rural livelihoods, 10) (pp. 1-12). London: Routledge.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2013). Biodiversity. In C. Death (Ed.), Critical Environmental Politics (pp. 13-21). London: Routledge.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2011). The Neoliberalisation of Nature in Africa. In T. Dietz, K. Havnevik, M. Kaag & T. Ostigard (Eds.), African engagements : Africa negotiating an emerging multipolar world (pp. 84-109). Leiden: Brill.
  • Buscher, B.E. & Büscher-Brown, S. (2010). Environmental Services. In N. Cohen & J. Mansvelt (Eds.), Green Business. An A-Z guide. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Buscher, B.E. & Büscher-Brown, S. (2010). Conservation. In N. Cohen & J. Mansvelt (Eds.), Green Business. An A-Z guide. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Buscher, B.E. & Buscher-Brown, S. (2010). 'Conservation' and 'Environmental Services'. In Green Business. An A-Z Guide. London: Sage publishers.
  • Buscher, B.E. & Davidov, V. (Eds.). (2013). The Ecotourism – Extraction Nexus: Political Economies and Rural Realities of (un)Comfortable Bedfellows (ISS studies in rural livelihoods, 10). London: Routledge.
  • Buscher, B.E. & Davidov, V. (Eds.). (2013). The Ecotourism – Extraction Nexus: Political Economies and Rural Realities of (un)Comfortable Bedfellows (ISS studies in rural livelihoods, 10). London: Routledge.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2011). Book review [Bespreking van het boek Africa’s development impasse. Rethinking the political economy of transformation]. Journal of Modern African Studies, 49(1), 168-169.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2011). Book review (+ author’s response) [Bespreking van het boek Whiteness in Zimbabwe. Race, Landscape, and the Problem of Belonging]. Conservation and Society, 9(3), 258-259.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2008). Nuances of Development. A Review of David Mosse's Cultivating Development [Bespreking van het boek Cultivating Development]. The Broker, 10(26).
  • Buscher, B.E. (2008). Book Review "Nuances of Development" (A Review of David Mosses Cultivating Development.) [Bespreking van het boek Book Review "Nuances of Development" (A Review of David Mosses Cultivating Development.)]. The Broker, 10.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2007). Book review on Kirkpatrick Sale. [Bespreking van het boek After Eden. The Evolution of Human Domination]. Electronic Green Journal.
  • Buscher, B.E. & Arsel, M. (Eds.). (2012). Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 103(2).
  • Arsel, M. & Buscher, B.E. (Eds.). (2012). Development and Change, 43(1).
  • Magole, L., Turner, S. & Buscher, B.E. (Eds.). (2010). International Journal of the Commons, 4(2).
  • Buscher, B.E. (2011, Juni 30). Groene economie schaadt milieu. Nederlands Dagblad
  • Buscher, B.E. (2009, Januari 10). Groen-rechts van Mark Rutte is een opportunistisch waanbeeld. Financieele Dagblad, pp. 16.
  • Magole, L., Turner, S. & Buscher, B.E. (2010). Introduction: Towards an Effective Commons Governance Systems in Southern Africa? In International Journal of The Commons (pp. 602-620).
  • Buscher, B.E. (2012, november 28). 'Prosuming' Conservation: interrogating the value of conservation in the web 2.0 Age. Cambridge, Cambridge Conservation Seminar series, University of Cambridge.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2012, november 28). Transforming the Frontier. Peace Parks and the Politics of Neoliberal Conservation in Southern Africa. Cambridge, Political Ecology Research Group meetings, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2011, februari 09). The Political Economy of the EU Energy/Development Nexus: and its Contradictions. Brussels, Briefing Session for Parliamentarians and Policy Makers.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2011, november 24). The Neoliberalisation of Nature in Africa. Wageningen University, Geography Lectures 2011/2012 series.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2011, december 14). Political Geographies of Value: Marketing a Southern African Conservation project through ‘Epistemic Circulation’. Maastricht University, Lunch lecture series on Transnationalism, Globalisation and Development.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2012). Conceptualising lived experiences within the political economy of the Ecotourism/Extraction Nexus. 12th EASA Biennial Conference: Nanterre, France (2012, juli 10 - 2012, juli 13).
  • Buscher, B.E. & Davidov, V. (2012). (Un)Comfortable Bedfellows? Exploring the contradictory natures of the Ecotourism/Extraction Nexus. Workshop organised at the 12th European Association of Social Anthropology Biennial Conference: Nanterre, France (2012, juli 10 - 2012, juli 13).
  • Buscher, B.E. (2012). ‘Prosuming’ Conservation? Web 2.0, value-producing labour and the inverted commons of Africa’s nature in late capitalism. Séminaire Gouverner le vivant – ‘A new spirit of conservation?': Paris (2012, april 11).
  • Buscher, B.E. (2012). Nature 2.0: Theorizing the impact of New Media on the Commodification of Conservation in Africa. 2012 CERES Summer School International Development Studies: 'A Challenge for the Future?': Amsterdam (2012, juni 25 - 2012, juni 26).
  • Buscher, B.E. (2012). The Politics of Neoliberal Conservation in Southern Africa and its implications for thinking about ‘Social Ecological Resilience’. Oxford Brookes Symposium: Oxford (2012, december 14).
  • Buscher, B.E. (2012). Inverted Commons, Global Imaginations and the Neoliberalisation of Nature in Africa. ‘International Conservation and Development: Bringing People and Wildlife Together’, 5th Annual Bristol Conservation & Science Foundation Symposium: Bristol (2012, november 07).
  • Buscher, B.E., Arsel, M., Pellegrini, L. & Harcourt, W. (2012). Environmental Studies Colloquium series: 'Critical Engagements with the Green Economy'. A series of three colloquia and a conference organized (March, June, October and November): .
  • Buscher, B.E. (2012). The Logic of the ‘Green Economy’ or the Emergence of ‘Fictitious Conservation’. CREA session on green accounting/financialisation of nature: Amsterdam (2012, december 03).
  • Buscher, B.E. (2011). Live interview on Premtime, Radio 1.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2011). Consensus, Anti-Politics and Marketing: the Politics of Neoliberal Conservation in Southern Africa. German Anthropological Association (GAA) conference: Vienna (2011, september 14 - 2011, september 17).
  • Buscher, B.E. (2011). Interviewed for article "Using Forests to Bridge the Carbon Gap". Tierramérica: (2011, juni 07).
  • Buscher, B.E. (2011). Interviewed for article ‘Selling Nature to Save Nature, and Ourselves’. Inter Press Service: .
  • Buscher, B.E. (2011). Nature™ Inc? Questioning the Market Panacea in Environmental Policy and Conservation. International conference: Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands (2011, juni 30 - 2011, juli 02).
  • Buscher, B.E. & Igoe, J. (2010). Prosuming Conservation. Producing / Consuing Nature and the Material Base of Speculative Capitalism. Global Governance, the Crisis and Development: The Hague (2010, juni 23 - 2010, juni 24).
  • Buscher, B.E. (2010). Knee-jerk Capitalism: The Political Economy of Africa's Natural Resources and the 'Great Financial Crisis'. A Brief Environmental History of Neoliberalism: Lund (2010, mei 06 - 2010, mei 08).
  • Buscher, B.E. (2010). Reinterpreting the 'Value Chain': Marketing a Southern African Conservation project through 'Epistemic Circulation'. Africa for Sale. Analysing and Theorizing Foreign Land Claims and Acquisitions: Groningen (2010, oktober 28 - 2010, oktober 29).
  • Buscher, B.E. (2009). The Bubble of Neoliberal Conservation: Construction and Reality in Transfrontier Conservation in Southern Africa. Exploring the Past, Anticipating the Future: New York (2009, februari 15 - 2009, februari 18).
  • Buscher, B.E. (2009). The Politics of Ecological Disservices: Towards a Critique of Neoliberal Biodiversity Conservation. European Congress of Conservation: Prague (2009, september 01 - 2009, september 05).
  • Buscher, B.E. & Dressler, W. (2009). Commodity Conservation. The restructuring of community conservation in South Africa and the Philippines.
  • Buscher, B.E. (2009). The Bubble of Neoliberal Conservation: Construction and Reality in Transfrontier Conservation in Southern Africa.
  • Buscher, B.E. & Beer, E. de (2008). The Contemporary Paradox of Long-term Planning for Social-Ecological Change and its Effects on the Discourse-Practice Divide: Evidence from Southern Africa (Paper presentation at "Long-Term Policies: Governing Social-Ecological Change", 2008 Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, Berlin, 22 - 23 February 2008).
  • Buscher, B.E. (2008). The Great Conservation Transformation? The Effects of Neoliberalism on Southern African Transfrontier Conservation (Paper presentation at From the Mountains to the Sea, 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, 13-17 July 2008).
  • Buscher, B.E. (2008). How the Transfrontier conserved the Telos: Neoliberalism and the Transformation of Conservation and Development in Southern Africa. (Paper presentation at The Ends of Development: Market, Morality, Religion, Political Theology? An international EIDOS (European Inter-University Development Opportunities Study-group) conference, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 19-20 June 2008).
  • Buscher, B.E. (2008). Struggles over Consensus, Anti-Politics and Marketing. The Effects of Neoliberalism on Transfrontier Conservation and Development in Southern Africa (Paper presentation at Conference on Rethinking Development Studies, Institute for Development Studies, University of Cape Coast, Ghana, 3-6 November 2008).
  • Buscher, B.E. (Live radio interview) (2011, Jul 13). Groen kapitalisme [radio-uitzending]. In Teleac Hoe?Zo!. Radio 5.