Professor of Development Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Radboud University

Nijmegen, The Netherlands

E-mail: m.spierenburg@maw.ru.nl

PhD, Amsterdam, 2003

Professor Spierenburg worked as an associate expert for the Social and Human Sciences for UNESCO in Dakar, Senegal (1998-2000) and at the Division of Ecological Sciences in Paris (2000-2001).Between 2001 and mid-2016 she worked at the VU Amsterdam, and also served as Scientific Director of CERES, the Research School for Resource Studies for Development, between 2013 and mid-2016. She is (co-)vice-chair of the Scientific Committee of the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society, a research program of the International Council for Science (ICSU), UNESCO, and United Nations University. She also chairs the Scientific Advisory Board of the African Studies Centre, Leiden.

Selected Publications:

  • Bologna, S.A. & M. Spierenburg (2015) False legitimacies: The rhetoric of economic opportunities in the expansion of conservation areas in Southern Africa. In: V.R. van der Duim, M.A.J. Lamers & J.J. van Wijk (Eds.) Institutional arrangements for conservation and tourism in Eastern and Southern Africa: A dynamic perspective. New York: Springer, 119-138.
  • Spierenburg, M.J. & S.J. Brooks (2014) Private game farming and its social consequences in post-apartheid South Africa: Contestations over wildlife, property and agrarian futures, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 32(2), 151-172.
  • Tengö, M., E.S. Brondizio, T. Elmqvist, P. Malmer & M. Spierenburg (2014) Connecting Diverse Knowledge Systems for Enhanced Ecosystem Governance: The Multiple Evidence Base Approach, Ambio, 43, 579-591
  • Daniels, T., A. Muhar, A. Arnberger, O. Aznar, J.W. Boyd, K.M.A. Chan, R. Costanza, T. Elmqvist, C.G. Flint, P.H. Gobster, A. Grêt-Regamey, R. Lave, S. Muhar, M. Penker, R.G. Ribe, T. Schauppenlehner, T. Sikor, I. Soloviy, M. Spierenburg, K. Taczanowska, J. Tam, & A. von der Dunk (2012) Contributions of cultural services to the ecosystem services agenda, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, 109(23): 8812-8819.
  • Ramutsindela, M., M. Spierenburg & H. Wels (2011) Sponsoring nature: Environmental philanthropy for nature conservation, London: Earthscan/Routledge.


Professor and Chair of the Sociology of Development and Change group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Ph.D. (Cum Laude) in Political Science / Anthropology, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2008

Selected Publications:

Books / edited work

  • Büscher, Bram, Wolfram Dressler and Robert Fletcher (2014). Nature™ Inc: Environmental Conservation in the Neoliberal Age. Tuscon: University of Arizona Press.
  • Büscher, Bram (2013). Transforming the Frontier. Peace Parks and the Politics of Neoliberal Conservation in Southern Africa. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Büscher, Bram and Veronica Davidov (2013). The Ecotourism – Extraction Nexus: Political Economies and Rural Realities of (un)Comfortable Bedfellows. London: Routledge.
  • Arsel, Murat and Bram Büscher (eds.) (2012, forthcoming). Forum issue. Development and Change 43, 1.
  • Büscher, Bram and Murat Arsel (eds.) (2011/2012, forthcoming). Neoliberal Conservation and Uneven Geographical Development. Exploring the changing nature of capitalist modernity in Nature-Society interactions. Special feature of Journal of Economic and Social Geography.
  • Magole, Lapologang, Stephen Turner and Bram Büscher (eds.) (2010). Cross Commons Governance in Southern Africa. Special feature of International Journal of the Commons 4, 2: 602-682. Online: http://www.thecommonsjournal.org/.
  • Büscher, Bram, Conrad Steenkamp and William Wolmer (eds.) (2007). The politics of engagement between biodiversity conservation and the social sciences. Special section of Conservation and Society 5, 1: 1-114. Online: www.conservationandsociety.org.

Articles in peer reviewed journals

  • Büscher, Bram (2012). Payments for Ecosystem Services as Neoliberal Conservation: (reinterpreting) Evidence from the Drakensberg, South Africa. Conservation and Society.
  • Büscher, Bram, Sian Sullivan, Katja Neves, Jim Igoe, and Dan Brockington (2012). Towards a Synthesized Critique of Neoliberal Biodiversity Conservation. Capitalism, Nature Socialism.
  • Büscher, Bram and Murat Arsel (2011/2012, forthcoming). Introduction: Capitalist modernity, neoliberal conservation and uneven geographical development. Journal of Economic and Social Geography.
  • Büscher, Bram (2011/2012). The Political Economy of Africa‟s Natural Resources and the „Great Financial Crisis‟. Journal of Economic and Social Geography.
  • Büscher, Bram and Wolfram Dressler (2011, in press). Commodity Conservation. The restructuring of community conservation in South Africa and the Philippines. Geoforum.
  • Büscher, Bram and Elna de Beer (2011). The Contemporary Paradox of Long-term Planning for Social-Ecological Change and its Effects on the Discourse-Practice Divide: Evidence from Southern Africa. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 54, 3: 301-318.

Founder and Director of Security for Women

Email: jcolman14@aol.com

PhD Social Sciences, University of East Anglia

Dr Juliet Colman holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of East Anglia. She is currently the Founder and Director of Security for Women which is an advocacy and research organisation that raises awareness of gender equality issues with the security sector globally. This organisation was launched with the support of UN Women and the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Prior to this she was President of the National Alliance of Women’s Organisations (NAWO) which represents over 80 women’s organisations in the UK. She has also served as the trustee and President of UNIFEM UK (now UN Women UK) and coordinator of Global UNIFEM National Committees including Australia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Sweden and the USA.

Anthropology of Universities

Email: eli.thorkelson@gmail.com

PhD Anthropology, University of Chicago

Ongoing interests: Academic cultures and institutions, precarious labor, utopian education, political organizing, university reforms.

Selected publications:

  • 2018. Two Failures of Left Internationalism: Political mimesis at French university counter-summits, 2010–11. French Politics, Culture and Society 36(3):143-169.
  • 2018. Saving the University in France. In Navigating the Volatility of Higher Education: Anthropological and Policy Perspectives, Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC. Pp. 199-217. Brian L. Foster, Steven Graham, and Joe Donaldson, eds.
  • 2016. The Infinite Rounds of the Stubborn: Reparative futures at a French political protest. Cultural Anthropology 31(4):493–519.
  • 2016. Precarity Outside: The political unconscious of French academic labor. American Ethnologist 43(3):475–488.

Sustainable Development Economics

Email: alexanderoriordan@gmail.com

PhD, Economics, University of Cape Town, 2016

Dr. O’ Riordan completed a doctoral degree in Economics at the University of Cape Town, entitled Country Programmable Aid: Differences, Divergences and Contradictions between Donor Aid Strategies and Beneficiary Country Development Plans. His research concerned the form and content of international donor aid, and how international donor organisations attempt to shape governance in Africa. His research contributes to understandings of the citizenship and governance, one of the department’s areas of focus, and more generally to questions of sovereignty across the continent. His work promises to extend on South Africa-centric analyses and expertise in the department to the rest of the continent.

Dr. O’ Riordan has more than twenty years’ experience working in the world of international aid, having worked for the EU and UN on projects across four continents. In Africa, he has worked in Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Malawi, Sudan, S. Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Population Studies, Brown University.

PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 2013


Ongoing interests: Kinship and Family, Critical global health studies, HIV/AIDS, humanitarian interventions, Science and technology studies, ethics

Selected publications:

  • 2015. “Category and Kin in Crisis: Classifying the ‘vulnerable child’ in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.” Studies in Comparative International Development. 50(4): 539-560
  • “‘Making known’ or ‘counting our children’?. Constructing and caring for children in epidemic South Africa.” Medicine, Anthropology, Theory, 1(1): 114-143.
  • 2014. “Low-Hanging Fruit”: Counting and Accounting for Children in PEPFAR-funded HIV/AIDS Programs in South Africa. Global Public Health:
  • 2013. “Knowledge, Intimacy and Social Relations: The Gift of Blood in HIV research in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.” Social Science and Medicine, 77: 118-125. (with Thomas Cousins, Marie-Louise Newell, and John Imrie)