Workshop on "African Environments: What is Social-Ecological Resilience and how might we achieve it?"

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Who this event is for

  • Academic community


Music Room, Headington Hill Hall, Headington Campus, Headington Hill site


A one-day workshop, held in association with the BioSocial Society, hosting prominent international and UK-based academic speakers who will present case-studies that will explore and inform an in-depth discussion on the relevance of the concepts of social-ecological resilience, and how these might be applied to African environments.


8:45-9:15 Registration
9:15-9:30 Introduction (Andrew Ainslie)
9:30-10:15 Dr Malcolm Hudson: "Conservation As A Mechanism For Poverty Alleviation? An Evaluation of Northern Kenyan
10:15-11:00 Professor Bram Büscher: "The Politics of Neoliberal Conservation in Southern Africa and its implications for thinking about ‘Social Ecological Resilience."
11:00-11:30 Tea/coffee
11:30-12:15 Dr Clifford Mabhena: "Livestock livelihoods compromised: The dilemma of the Fast Track land reform and resettlement programme in Southern Matabeleland, Zimbabwe."
12:15-1:00 Professor Melissa Leach: "Land investments, land grabs: Navigating resilient pathways in rural Sierra Leone."
1:00-2:00 Lunch
2:00–2:45 Professor Anette Reenberg: "Land use and natural resource management in the Sahel: Does resilience rhetoric provide a useful analytical lens?"
2:45-3:30 Professor Katherine Homewood: "Production system resilience/pastoralist system vulnerability in Maasailand."
3:30-4:00 Tea/coffee
4:00-4:10 Dr Alex Arnall: Discussant
4:10-4:30 Dr Deborah Bryceson: Discussant
4:30-4:50 General Discussion
4:50-5:00 Closing comments (Kate Hill): African Environments: What is Social-Ecological Resilience and how might we achieve it?

Speaker Affiliation

  • Malcolm Hudson, Louise Glew and Patrick E.Osborne, Lecturer in Environmental Sciences, Centre For Environmental Sciences, University of Southampton.
  • Bram Büscher, Institute of Social Studies, the Netherlands and Dept of Geography, Environmental Management & Energy Studies, Univ of Johannesburg.
  • Clifford Mabhena, Research Fellow at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
  • Melissa Leach, Director, ESRC STEPS Centre, Social Anthropologist and Professorial Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.
  • Anette Reenberg, Professor, dr. scient., Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen.
  • Katherine Homewood, Professor, Anthropology Department, University College London.
  • Deborah Bryceson, Reader in Urban Studies, School of Geographical & Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow.
  • Alex Arnall, Lecturer in Agriculture and Development, School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, Reading University.
Organised by: Andrew Ainslie ( and Kate Hill (, Human-Environment Interactions Group, Anthropology Programme, Dept of Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University.