Studies in National and International Development


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"Green Militarization: Militarized Anti-Poaching in South Africa"

Libby Lunstrum,

Department of Geography and Centre for Refugee Studies, York U.

Co-presented by SNID and the School of Environmental Studies


In its attempt to protect the iconic rhino, the South African state has paramilitarized its ranger force, relocated “insurgent” communities, and deployed both high-tech surveillance drones and the national Army. The outcome has been deadly, with an estimated 500 suspected poachers killed in the last 5 years. In this talk, I draw from my long-term research in South Africa’s Kruger National Park to outline this intricate dovetailing of conservation and militarization, and its unanticipated consequences for communities and conservation

Libby Lunstrum is an Associate Professor of Geography and Resident Scholar at the Centre for Refugee Studies, York University. Her research interests include the militarization of conservation practice, conservation-induced displacement, and the political ecology of international borders. She conducts research in Southern Africa

Thursday March 3, 2016  Mac-Corry D214  1:00 - 2:30 pm  Everyone welcome