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Shaun Cozett

Rethinking interspecies contact zones: An actor-network analysis of urban conflict in an effort to conserve a marine resource

As a priest Shaun is required to go on retreat once a year. He does this by going into nature; a place apart from the busyness of the world. This is one example of the way we think about nature as that which excludes people, and thus conservation is about keeping people away from nature. Wildlife poaching is a practice in which the line between nature and people is blurred. Shaun’s research focuses on the violence associated with the confiscation of poached abalone and critiques our dualistic ways of thinking about inter alia rural/urban, human/nature and guilty/innocent. 

Shaun holds a BSocSc (Hons) in Environmental and Geographical Science and Social Anthropology. He worked for 12 years in government’s Natural Resource Management programmes and is a founder member of the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute and currently serves as an Anglican priest in Bonteheuwel on the Cape Flats.