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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