Settler Ecologies: The Enduring Ecologies of Settler Colonialism in Kenya

Tuesday 25 January 2022 (13:00-14:30)

Convenor: Dr Kailing Xie

Settler ecologies reveal and problematize the ways that settlers affect and sustain ecologies

Settler Ecologies reveals and problematizes the ways that settlers – broadly defined to include white Kenyans, as well as conservation investors and philanthropists, tourism operators, staff at international conservation organisations, conservation researchers and wildlife authorities – enrol and subject nonhuman species in the process of creating and sustaining ecologies that secure their interests and belonging.

Informed by five years of multispecies, ethnographically situated research in and around protected areas in central Kenya, this book shows that the ecological relations that the biodiversity conservation sector works to create and conserve in settler colonial contexts can serve as conduits for settler colonialism.

Authors' Bios:

  • Charis Enns is a Presidential Fellow in Socio-Environmental Systems in the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester
  • Brock Bersaglio is a Lecturer in Environment and Development in the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham


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