Dr Lee Hewitson
Geography and Environmental Science, School of Social Sciences
+44 (0)1382 384786
I joined the Department of Geography and Environmental Science after completing my PhD at Leicester University.
Broadly speaking, I am interested in the political ecology of nature conservation and rural development, mainly in Africa. My research employs largely qualitative, ethnographic methods, in order to explore diverse nature-culture ontologies and critique contemporary (neoliberal) practices of biodiversity governance. With an empirical focus on African elephant conservation, my PhD thesis explored the (co)production and transformation of conservation space, knowledges and values in the context of Namibia’s community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) programme.
At present, I am working on a GCRF-funded interdisciplinary project investigating how displacement impacts upon environmental degradation and the development of sustainable livelihoods in Ugandan refugee settlements. Combining the use of satellite remote sensing with participatory methods, the project explores the diverse knowledges, values and needs of refugees and host communities, as well as their interactive effects on landscape change dynamics in and around refugee settlements.