Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Oxford Brookes Anthropology professor announces new book on understanding conflicts about wildlife

Thursday, 01 June 2017

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Professor of Anthropology, Dr Catherine Hill, and Honorary Research Associates Dr Amanda Webber and Dr Nancy Priston have edited a newly published volume Understanding Conflicts About Wildlife: A Biosocial Approach (Berghahn, Oxford).

“Conflicts about wildlife are often cited as an obstacle to promoting long term people-wildlife coexistence, particularly for high profile, protected species such as elephants, mountain gorillas, and tigers.  Consequently it is crucial that we understand the complex nature of these conflicts, and appreciate the social, cultural and political dimensions of them.” Dr Catherine Hill, Oxford Brookes

Conflicts about wildlife are usually portrayed and understood as resulting from the negative impacts of wildlife on human livelihoods or property. However, a greater depth of analysis in this book reveals that many instances of human-wildlife conflict are often better understood as people-people conflict, where there is a clash of values between different human groups. Understanding Conflicts About Wildlife unites academics and practitioners from across the globe to develop a holistic view of these interactions. It considers the political and social dimensions of 'human-wildlife conflicts' alongside effective methodological approaches, and will be of value to academics, conservationists and policy makers as well as those interested in wildlife conservation, anthropology and people-animal studies.

“This book is excellent and essential reading for anyone interested in human-wildlife coexistence... The editors and authors of this volume advocate convincingly for a radical change in measures taken to understand human-wildlife interactions”  Joanna Setchell, Durham University

Professor Hill teaches on the undergraduate Biological, Social, and combined Anthropology programmes, as well as the MSc Primate Conservation. Her research focuses on people-wildlife interactions and the human dimensions of conservation.  She has worked with research students on these issues in Uganda, Colombia, Kenya, Guinea Bissau and the UK. 

Dr Amanda Webber is a Lecturer in Conservation Science at Bristol Zoological Society and Honorary Research Associate at Oxford Brookes University.  Her research focuses on human-wildlife interactions and she is interested in people’s perceptions of wildlife (particularly urban or ‘pest’ species) and the development of co-existence strategies.

Dr Nancy Priston is an Honorary Research Associate at Oxford Brookes University.  Her research examines human-wildlife conflict with an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating both the perspectives of wildlife and local people.

There is a 50% discount available for individuals who purchase the book by June 30 2017. You can apply for the discount code from Professor Hill at cmhill@brookes.ac.uk