- PhD student
- Thursday 7 Jul 2022, 17:00 - 18:30
- PhD defence
- Spoken Language
- Aula B and livestream
- International Institute of Social Studies
On 7 July 2022, Emile Smidt will defend his PhD thesis taking a critical look at conservation policing in the Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Emile Smidt argues that we adopt an expanded conceptualization of police, one that goes beyond the everyday policing functions of field rangers and that the use of force involved in these enforcement duties works in conjunction with forms of power.
His thesis proposes to move the debate of violence in conservation beyond that of militarized conservation and focuses our attention to how police, in its wider meaning, shapes the conservation workplace and in what ways it intersects with characterizations of the broader South African workplace, typified by structural features that perpetuate low wages, precarity and racism.
Watch the defence live
Download the abstracts
Doctoral dissertation supervisors
Members of the Full Doctoral Committee
Dr Frank Matose, University of Cape Town
Professor David Bunn, University of British Columbia
Professor Hanne Svarstad Oslo Metropolitan University
Professor Marja Spierenburg, Leiden University
Professor Murat Arsel, ISS