We’re thrilled to announce two new post-doctoral researchers will be joining the BIOSEC team at the Department of Politics, University of Sheffield, in August 2019. Their appointments follow the project through until the end of this 4-year EU grant in August 2020.
George is a PhD Candidate in Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage at IMT School for Advanced Studies in Lucca where he is completing his thesis on wilderness production and protection in Eastern Europe. Over the last few years he has done fieldwork in the Romanian Carpathians and Poland where he focused on private conservation projects, commons and forest livelihoods.
Within the BIOSEC Project he will research the impact of EU regulations on timber trade and securitization in the Carpathian Mountains. He aims to understand how a redefinition of illegal logging and timber trade as a security threat has triggered a massive citizen involvement in surveilling and reporting of environmental crimes. His project is entitled ‘Illegal timber trade as a public security threat: How web 2.0 deputises citizens and change geographies of environmental crime in the Carpathians.’
George dedicates his spare time to a museum that he established in an attempt to open up debates on the environmental history of Southern Carpathians. He likes long hikes and he never misses a chance to forage for mushrooms and wild herbs.
Anh has a PhD in International Development from the University of Bath where she completed her thesis entitled ‘Civil society activism in authoritarian contexts: (re)structuring state-society relations in Vietnam’. She has an MA in International Development from the University of Bradford as well as an MA in Development Evaluation and Management from the University of Antwerp. At BIOSEC, she will be researching ‘Authoritarianism and embryonic conservationism: The politics of anti-illegal wildlife trade NGOs in one party rule of Vietnam.’
We’re looking forward to both George and Anh starting with us soon!