Teklehaymanot G. Weldemichel
Background and activities
PhD Project: Life in contested lands
Objective: To investigate how wildlife conservation actors view the relationship between nature and society and what the social and ecological implications of conservation practices that are based on these conceptualizations in the Kenyan and Tanzanian context.
This PhD project is based on ethnographic fieldwork as well as analysis of different relevant policy documents in Kenya and Tanzania. It intends to address the following two major questions. 1) What assumptions about the nature-society relations guide policy making and practices in the Greater Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem? 2) What are the social and ecological implications of conservation policies and practices (based on the prevailing assumptions)?
Study areas: The Greater Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is a vast savannah landscape stretching between Tanzania and Kenya. It includes the famous Serengeti National Park (Tanzania), the Maasai Mara National Reserve (Kenya) and surrounding private and community protected conservation areas.
- Haakon Lein- Department of Geography, NTNU
- Tor A. Benjaminsen- Department of International Environment and Development Studies, NMBU
Scientific, academic and artistic work
Displaying a selection of activities. See all publications in the database
- (2020) Gentrifying the African Landscape: The Performance and Powers of for-Profit Conservation on Southern Kenya’s Conservancy Frontier. Annals of the American Association of Geographers.
- (2020) Othering Pastoralists, State Violence, and the Remaking of Boundaries in Tanzania’s Militarised Wildlife Conservation Sector. Antipode.
- (2019) Conservation: Beyond population growth: response to Ogutu et al. Science.
- (2019) Conservation: beyond population growth. Science. vol. 365 (6449).
- (2019) "Fencing is our last stronghold before we lose it all." A political ecology of fencing around the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Land Use Policy. vol. 87.
Part of book/report
- (2017) The Need for Transformation: Local Perception of Climate Change, Vulnerability and Adaptation Versus ‘Humanitarian’ Response in Afar Region, Ethiopia. Climate Change Adaptation in Africa: Fostering Resilience and Capacity to Adapt.
- (2019) Land division, conservancies, fencing and its implications in the Maasai Mara, Kenya. European Commission. 2019.
- (2012) Degradation-Conservation-Degradation: The political Ecology of Environmental Conservation in Lakenay Village of Central Tigray, Northern Ethiopia. 2012.
- (2019) BBC Focus on Africa program: On Land Issues in Kenya. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w172w23zlvzf2z9 [Radio]. 2019-02-06.
- (2019) Guns, fire and violence in the name of conservation in Loliondo, Tanzania.
- (2018) Das Ende der Freiheit?. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/das-ende-der-freiheit-roman-g [Avis]. 2018-02-05.
- (2017) Fencing-in oneself: Understanding the fencing crisis in Maasai Mara, Kenya.
- (2016) Climate change, vulnerability and adaptation versus ‘humanitarian’ responsein Afar region, Ethiopia.