Tackling Sustainability Issues in Africa

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Did you miss our panel by Gerhard Bosman from the Earth Unit (EU) in Department of Architecture, University of the Free State, South Africa on student engagement with rural women artists in central parts of South Africa? Watch the recording.

Have you checked out Field Notes? Our communication platform is a combination of blog posts and podcasts with researchers at CSU.

Field Notes – Brett Bruyere

In this segment, we talk to Dr. Brett Bruyere, an associate professor in the Warner College of Natural Resources. His research focuses on environmental education, environmental communication and planning in the context of natural or protected areas, sustainability planning and the training of conservation professionals. Internationally, he seeks to build capacity and improve conservation of wildlife and rangelands in East Africa. We chat about his work with pastoral women in Samburu, Kenya, the ethical considerations of conducting cross-cultural research, and more.

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Field Notes – Martha Bierut

In this installment of Field Notes, we chat with PhD student Martha Bierut. Martha completed her MSc in Conservation Leadership at Colorado State University in 2019, and she is currently a PhD student and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in Dr. Jon Salerno and Dr. Jen Solomon’s labs in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources department. As a conservation social scientist, Martha’s research explores elephant management and polycentric governance. In our interview, we talk about how she found her way to social science, the importance of collaborative research, and more.

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Field Notes – Monica Lasky

In the latest installment of Field Notes, we chat with Masters student Monica Lasky, who is working with Dr. Sara Bombaci in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. Her research in Kruger National Park, South Africa uses human voice playbacks and camera traps to experimentally test how wildlife respond to anthropogenic disturbance. We speak about her recent trip to South Africa for ecological field research, some of the challenges of conducting cross-cultural research, and her achievement in receiving an NSF GRFP award.

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Black Lives Matter

Our work here at the Africa Center is based on the belief that research and the co-creation of knowledge is essential for building a better society. However, when the work we do ignores the voices and experiences of Black communities and does not actively work towards undermining systems of oppression and violence that harm Black people, we are perpetuating these systems. At the Africa Center, we must do more. We commit to ensuring that our work both in the U.S. and abroad is anti-racist by using our platform to promote the work of Black researchers and communities, supporting anti-racist reforms in our academic communities, and ensuring the research we conduct is equitable and just.