Speakers

Benjamin Schuetze

Benjamin Schuetze is Senior Researcher at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute (ABI) in Freiburg and a member in the Young Academy for Sustainability Research at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS). His research focuses on the political economy of renewable energies and the politics of intervention in the MENA. He is the author of ‘Promoting Democracy, Reinforcing Authoritarianism: US and European Policy in Jordan’ (Cambridge University Press, 2019). He has recently been admitted to the DFG Emmy Noether-Programme and is currently establishing a junior research group on ‘Renewable Energies, Renewed Authoritarianisms? The Political Economy of Solar Energy in the MENA’.
https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/promoting-democracy-reinforcing-authoritarianism/39B35DCAD9D8F7B39A899F4A0CE99F5C

Biruk Terrefe

Biruk Terrefe is a DPhil Candidate at St Antony’s College in Oxford.

Bram Büscher

Bram Büscher is Professor and Chair of the Sociology of Development and Change group at Wageningen University and visiting professor at the University of Johannesburg. Bram has published widely on the relations between nature, biodiversity, (capitalist) development and political-economy and is the author of ‘The Truth About Nature. Environmentalism in the Era of Post-Truth Politics and Platform Capitalism (University of California Press, 2021) and co-author, together with Robert Fletcher, of ‘The Conservation Revolution: Radical Ideas for Saving Nature Beyond the Anthropocene’ (Verso, 2020). Bram is one of the senior editors of Conservation & Society. For more information, and access to publications, see: www.brambuscher.com .

Bruno Milanez, Ph.D. in Environmental Policy from Lincoln University, New Zealand.

Charis Enns

Claudia Derichs

Daniel Salau Rogei

Gediminas Lesutis

Detlef Müller-Mahn

Ian Baird

Professor, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Jana Hönke

Jana Hönke is a Professor at the University of Bayreuth. Her chair group works at the intersection of global political sociology and security, peace and conflict studies with a focus on Africa. She is the author of Transnational Companies and Security Governance, 2013, The Global Making of Policing: Postcolonial Perspectives (with Mueller), 2016, and Africa’s Infrastructure Globalities (fc, with Cezne and Yang), and co-edits the Spaces of Peace, Security and Development book series at Bristol University Press. Her articles have appeared in International Political Sociology, African Affairs, Security Dialogue, Mobilities and World Development among others.

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Johannes Dittmann

Johannes Dittmann is a lecturer and PhD Candidate at the University of Bonn (Department of Geography) and associated member of the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC-TRR 228) “Future Rural Africa – Future-Making and Socio-Ecological Transformation. His key interests lie in development geography and political ecology of Eastern and Southern Africa. His current research focuses on social-ecological transformation in context of large-scale conservation and agricultural schemes in Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia.

Kadara Swaleh

Kennedy Mkutu Agade

Linda Poppe

Linda Poppe is political scientist and Director of the Berlin office of Survival International, the global movement for indigenous peoples. Survival's work for the rights of Indigenous peoples has been recognised with, among others, the Right Livelihood Award. Linda Poppe is part of Survival's campaign to decolonise conservation.

Pascal Abb

Pascal Abb is a senior researcher in PRIF's Research Department on Intrastate Conflict, focusing on how a rising China interacts with global conflict environments. He is currently conducting a research project on the impact of the Belt and Road Initiative on fragile and conflict-affected states. His recent publications on the subject include “All geopolitics is local: the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor amidst overlapping center-periphery relations” (forthcoming in Third World Quarterly), and “Road to Peace or Bone of Contention? The Impact of the Belt and Road Initiative on Conflict States” (with Robert Swaine and Ilya Jones, PRIF Report 1/2021).

Ralf Schneider

Ralf Schneider is Head of Program at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (Department G230 Construction in the international Cooperation) in Eschborn. He is responsible for the operational team abroad, which implements infrastructure measures in a wide range of countries in increasingly fragile contexts. Prior to his current position at GIZ headquarters, he worked in the field of international cooperation in different countries such as Benin, Ethiopia, Egypt, Mali, Tunisia or Bangladesh.