George Holmes

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George is interested in issues of biodiversity conservation, as seen from social, cultural and political perspectives. His research has two interlinking strands: Firstly, he is interested in how protected areas (national parks, reserves) interact with communities living nearby, how conservation regulations may affect local people’s lives and livelihoods, how effectively protected areas can change the behaviour of local people, and how local people can in turn shape protected area policies to their own liking. Secondly, he is interested in how protected areas come about and looking at the combination of political, cultural and social factors which influence whether a country or place has lots of protected areas and conservation initiatives, or very few. His current work engages with geographies of conservation in the anthropocene, with a particular interest in rewilding and synthetic ecosystems. He is positioned halfway between the humanities and biological literatures on this subject – he is more interested in the politics of how people try to do conservation in the anthropocene, and what the implications of this are.

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