An article in the National Geographic by Jeffrey Barbee and Laurel Neme outlines the dangers of fracking in the Okavango region and its effect on wildlife in the area. "Hundreds of oil wells could come to cover a huge expanse in Namibia and Botswana, in what has been called possibly the 'largest oil play of the decade.' ”
Annette Hübschle, a Namibian-raised environmental social scientist and senior research fellow with the Global Risk Governance Programme at the University of Cape Town, in South Africa quoted in the article said "This is one of the worst forms of land theft and neocolonial resource extraction.”
A Canadian oil and gas exploration company, ReconAfrica, says it has the go-ahead to frack in some of Africa's most sensitive environmental areas, including the Namibian headwaters of the Okavango Delta and the Tsodilo Hills, a World Heritage Site in Botswana. But they may have jumped the EIA gun. The drilling location sits along the banks of the Kavango River, straddling the border betweeen Namibia and Botswana, inside the newly proclaimed Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, the KAZA TFCA.
Dr Julie Goodness is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Global Risk Governance programme's Art of Resilience project, Julie’s current research examines how security professionals in urban areas utilise the concept of resilience in relation to recovery from climate change events, with a focus on Hurricane Harvey (2017) in Houston, Texas, USA.
Broadly, Julie is interested in the dynamics of urban social-ecological systems, with applications to management and governance for sustainability. Read more>>>
The Evolving Securities Initiative (ESI) was created with the aim of bringing together scholars and professionals from across the globe to challenge responses to 21st-century harmscapes. With a new decade upon us, one that is already filled with ongoing competing global challenges, what are some of the opportunities that lie ahead, moving beyond responding to crises? How can we benefit from hindsight, and achieve greater clarity? These issues are explored in the recent highlights.
New article from Clifford Shearing and Julie Berg, University of Glasgow. This article reflects on the multiple ways in which private security can, and is, being held responsible and accountable to the public (and other security providers), in formalised, polycentric, or nodal assemblages.
We both knew and loved David Bayley for almost 50 years. Throughout that time he was recognised as the world’s leading international comparative policing scholar. Since his death many tributes from fellow academics have been published, in which the highlights of his academic career, his prolific publication record, and his significant contributions to the development of policing scholarship have been recounted. And in 2015, an exceptional chronicle and appreciation of his life and career to date was published by an English police officer, Richard Heslop (2015). So we do not feel that we need to go over all that ground again here. Rather, in what follows, we explain what were David’s particular qualities that we experienced that made him such a cherished colleague, mentor, inspiration and personal friend for all those years that we had the privilege of knowing him
It has become a truism that policing is no longer the exclusive domain of the police, but is rather carried out by a wide range of public, private and voluntary actors. Over the past three or so decades, our comparative understanding of ‘plural policing’ has moved forward considerably. An ever-growing number of scholars have contributed towards the process of mapping out both the multiplicity of actors tasked with delivering policing functions on the ground and the array of regulatory structures responsible for steering these functions from above. Much less is known, however, about what happens when these policing actors and regulatory structures interact with one another on a daily basis. This new book series aims to address this gap.
Vulture declines are uniquely problematic for socioecological systems because they are nature's most important scavengers. Intentional and unintentional poisoning, human-wildlife conflict, energy infrastructure, belief-based use, and illegal hunting activities remain threats to vulture populations across Africa. Conservation stakeholders have identified evidence that a number of vulture species in particular ecosystems are being systematically targeted by poisoning with potentially significant effects on human, wildlife and ecosystem health. We explored the extent to which an interdisciplinary expert-team approach linking conservation and criminology could help inform efforts to prevent poisoning of Africa's vultures. Annette Hubschle, is one of the co-authors of this article.
Phellecitus Thuli Montana is a PhD Candidate in the School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA) at Durham University. Her PhD is centred on the politics and ethics of water security in Cape Town, South Africa, following the 2015-2018 water crisis.