My research and writing look at different aspects of nature ‐ society relations in their political ‐ economic, social and developmental contexts. Most fundamentally, I have been interested in empirically investigating and theoretically exploring the intersections between contemporary neoliberal or ‘late’ capitalism and the environment.
I am Professor and Chair of the SDC group at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, Visiting Professor at the Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies of the University of Johannesburg, and Research Associate at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology of Stellenbosch University. I held a Van Zyl Slabbert visiting professorship at the University of Cape Town from April to June 2017. From 2008 to 2015, I was Assistant and later Associate Professor of Environment and Sustainable Development at the Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, The Netherlands. I received my PhD (cum laude) from the VU University Amsterdam in 2009 and I held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies of the University of Johannesburg, South Africa from September 2008 to January 2012.
- Political economy of conservation and development
- Politics of energy and extraction
- New media
- Social theory
- Southern Africa