Fergus Simpson successfully defends his PhD thesis

On the political ecology of conservation in the DR Congo
PhD defence Fergus Simpson

On 3 October 2022, Fergus Simpson successfully defended his PhD thesis on 'The political ecology of conservation at a violent frontier constellation in South Kivu, Eastern DR Congo.

He examined 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.

For his case studies, he took a close look at two areas in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo:

  • Kahuzi-Biega National Park in as representative of a militarized ‘fortress’ conservation area
  • Itombwe Nature Reserve as an example of a more consensual ‘community’ conservation area

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