CRS Seminar: Conservation, Security, Displacement

February 14, 2017 @ 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
519 Kaneff Tower
4700 Keele St
North York, ON M3J
Michele Millard

Guest Speakers: Libby Lunstrum & Francis Massé


The history of protected areas has long been a history of displacing resident communities. We are currently witnessing a resurgence in such evictions, one partially tied to the growing dovetailing of conservation and security and the more specific militarization of conservation practice. In short, displacement from protected areas is increasingly held up as a security strategy. In this talk, we draw from our fieldwork in Southern Africa to show how concerns around the poaching of rhinos and the international trade in rhino horn, themselves increasingly framed as security issues, are authorizing the displacement of communities from within and beyond protected areas. We draw attention to the practices through which such displacement unfolds; how it fits into a global articulation of security, conservation, and dispossession; and how the addition of security ultimately makes it more difficult to contest conservation-related evictions.


Libby Lunstrum is a resident faculty member at CRS and Associate Geography Professor at York University.  Her research examines environmental-induced displacement and the militarization and securitization of conservation practice.

Francis Massé is a PhD candidate in Geography at York University. His research examines anti-poaching, conservation law enforcement, and the broader securitization of conservation.