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Tafadzwa Mushonga

The militarisation of conservation, violence and local people: The case of Sikumi Forest Reserve in Zimbabwe

Tafadzwa’s current research focuses on the militarisation of conservation and the rise of violence in protected conservation areas. She analyses the nature of military practices, emerging forms of violence and the consequences of such violence on people living in, and around, protected areas. Tafadzwa is more broadly interested in environmental and societal issues, with particular interest in people-state relationships. 

Tafadzwa holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science from Bindura University, Zimbabwe, and an MSc in Forest and Nature Conservation from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. She worked for the Forestry Commission of Zimbabwe for over five years and started her PhD in Sociology under the auspices of the Environmental Humanities South programme in February 2015. She is an Andrew Mellon doctoral fellow.