NEWS | The political ecology of security: conservation, capitalism and global security converge

Rosaleen Duffy heads to Barcelona for a 2-day workshop where she will give a keynote speech

This month, Rosaleen Duffy travels to Barcelona to take part in a 2-day workshop organised by ICTA-UAB and SIID, “Conservation, Climate Change And Decolonisation – Exploring New Frontiers In Conservation Social Science”.  Rosaleen is one of the keynote speakers, read her abstract below:

Conservation is not just intertwined with capitalism, it operates to drive and deepen capitalism by opening new frontiers in non human nature to capital. However, there has been recent ‘security turn’ in conservation – approaching species losses, especially as a result of the illegal wildlife trade, as a threat to global security; but this security turn is also a means by which nature is made compatible with capital. I aim to set out a new framework, a political ecology of security, to trace the emergence of the security turn out of neoliberalisation of nature. The shift towards security-oriented approaches in conservation has facilitated the entry of a greater range of militaries, private security contractors and technology to the field. These developments are problematic because security-oriented approaches distract from dealing with the underlying drivers of wildlife losses. The focus on the roles of armed groups and organised crime networks in the illegal wildlife trade conveniently sidesteps the negative impacts of the wider system of capitalism on the environment. Further, the security-oriented approach actually opens new opportunities for accumulation thereby deepening and driving the very logics that produce species losses in the first place.


You can view the full programme on the ICTA-UAB website.