Our research starts from the idea that nature is deeply cultural. Landscapes are places we experience and sites where we encounter others, but also the product of projections of (national) identity. Especially natural landscapes and the ways we experience these are often orchestrated and idealized. Animals, whether domesticated or wild, are interesting beyond being static specimens of their species, and are increasingly found to respond to local conditions and historical relations. Their experiences, agency and newly emerging relations are then appealing to study together with the ways humans try to understand and manage them.
By engaging with the experiences and meanings of both humans and other animals, we extend the idea of material culture as something shared with animals. This generates new understandings of of what it means to manage or care for animals in a variety of settings: in nature conservation, on farms, in zoos, and in relation to tourism and leisure.
Staff and PhD Candidates
Publications on human-animal relations
In: Key Thinkers on Cities / , Latham, Alan, Koch, Regan. - : Sage - ISBN 9781473907751
From “Nazi Cows” to Cosmopolitan “Ecological Engineers”: Specifying Rewilding Through a History of Heck Cattle.
Annals of the American Association of Geographers 106 (2016)3. - ISSN 2469-4452 - p. 631 - 652.
Gorilla Tourism in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda: An Actor-Network Perspective
Society & Natural Resources 27 (2014)6. - ISSN 0894-1920 - p. 588 - 601.
The Applicability of Wildlife Value Orientations Scales to a Muslim Student Sample in Malaysia
Human Dimensions of Wildlife 21 (2016)6. - ISSN 1087-1209 - p. 555 - 566.