The current, 21st century manifestations of wildlife crime are the consequence of how our global political economy works. Hence, they also cannot be solved without explicitly addressing the global political economy.
In order to illustrate this statement, sociologist prof. dr. Bram Büscher focuses on the global and local politics of wildlife crime and its social, political-economic and cultural effects in the case of the rhino-poaching crisis in South Africa. He shows that the issue of wildlife crime has brought together a diverse set of conservation, military, security and other interests. In the South African context this has, amongst others, led to various forms of ‘green violence’, with differential class, race and gender aspects.
Bram Büscher is Professor and Chair of the Sociology of Development and Change group at Wageningen University. His research interests revolve around the political economy of conservation and development, the politics of energy and extraction, ecotourism, new media and social theory. In 2011, he received an NWO (Dutch Research Foundation) Veni grant for a research project entitled Nature 2.0: The Political Economy of Conservation in Online and Southern African Environments. In 2015, he was awarded an NWO Vidi grant to investigate Crisis Conservation situations in Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa together with three PhDs and a postdoc.