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    Rethinking the study of human-wildlife coexistence

    Pooley, Simon and Bhatia, S. and Vasava, A. (2021) Rethinking the study of human-wildlife coexistence. Conservation Biology 35 (3), pp. 784-793. ISSN 0888-8892.

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    While coexistence with wildlife is a key goal of conservation efforts, little is known about it or how to study it. This essay briefly defines what we mean by coexistence, before considering issues arising from the conflict-oriented framing of human-wildlife interactions within conservation science. It proposes reasons for why conflict frameworks persist – and why much less work is done on coexistence. Methodological and fieldwork challenges for studying coexistence are outlined, with recommendations, based on the authors’ teaching experience and field experience in India and Africa. We recommend expanding the scope of our inquiries into the ways in which humans and wildlife already coexist beyond studies of rational behaviour, and the quantification of costs and benefits of wildlife to humans.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): coexistence, human–wildlife conflict, methodology
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Research in Environment and Sustainability, Centre for
    Depositing User: Simon Pooley
    Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2020 10:44
    Last Modified: 09 May 2024 15:38


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