- PhD student
- Monday 3 Oct 2022, 15:00 - 17:00
- PhD defence
- Spoken Language
- Aula B and livestream
- International Institute of Social Studies
- Ticket information
This Public Defence may broadcast on ISS livestream. If so, you will be able to watch the Public Defence live at www.iss.nl/live
On 3 October 2022, Fergus Simpson will defend his PhD thesis exploring the implementation and effects of environmental conservation in eastern DRC’s South Kivu Province.
In a series of theoretical and empirical chapters he takes a close look at environmental conservation in a context of violent conflict, missing state capacity and infrastructure, and a number non-state armed groups which fragment control of the landscape.
He looks particularly at Kahuzi-Biega National Park as representative of a militarized ‘fortress’ conservation area; and at Itombwe Nature Reserve as an example of a more consensual ‘community’ conservation area.
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Doctoral dissertation supervisors
Full Doctoral Committee
Dr Louisa Lombard, Yale University
Dr Iokiñe Rodriguez, University of East Anglia UEA
Professor An Ansoms, Université Catholique de Louvain UCL
Professor Marijke Verpoorten, Universiteit Antwerpen IOB
Dr Kristof Titeca, Universiteit Antwerpen IOB
Professor Bram Büscher, Wageningen University and Research WUR
Professor Murat Arsel, ISS