PhD defence by Fergus Simpson

The political ecology of conservation at a violent frontier constellation in South Kivu, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
PhD student
Fergus Simpson
Monday 3 Oct 2022, 15:00 - 17:00
PhD defence
Spoken Language
Aula B and livestream
International Institute of Social Studies
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Fergus Simpson

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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Introduction PhD defecnce Fergus Simpson

Introduction PhD defecnce Fergus Simpson

Doctoral Board


Professor Inge Hutter

Doctoral dissertation supervisors

Professor Thea Hilhorst, ISS
Professor Lorenzo Pellegrini, ISS
Professor Sarah Geenen, Universiteit Antwerpen IOB

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

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The ceremony will begin promptly at 15.00 hrs in the Aula of the ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague. The doors will be closed after the start of the Public Defence, but will be briefly opened after the candidate’s introduction to allow latecomers to enter.

Children under 7 years old are not allowed in the Aula during the first part of the ceremony.

Professors are invited to join the academic procession.

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