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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.



Vitenskapelig, faglig og kunstnerisk arbeid

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Del av bok/rapport

  • Weldemichel, Teklehaymanot; Etana, Mesele Abera. (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.



  • Weldemichel, Teklehaymanot. (2019) BBC Focus on Africa program: On Land Issues in Kenya. [Radio]. 2019-02-06.
  • Weldemichel, Teklehaymanot. (2019) Guns, fire and violence in the name of conservation in Loliondo, Tanzania.
  • Weldemichel, Teklehaymanot. (2018) Das Ende der Freiheit?. [Avis]. 2018-02-05.
  • Weldemichel, Teklehaymanot. (2017) Fencing-in oneself: Understanding the fencing crisis in Maasai Mara, Kenya.
  • Weldemichel, Teklehaymanot. (2016) Climate change, vulnerability and adaptation versus ‘humanitarian’ responsein Afar region, Ethiopia.