Nature Conservation Meets Social Science - Tokyo College

Nature Conservation Meets Social Science


Our planet is fast losing its wild plants, animals, birds, fish, and other life-forms. Nature conservationists try to save life diversity, but often admit feeling hopeless. As an ethnographer, I ask:

  • How can wildlife conservationists and humanities and social-science scholars learn from each other?
  • How can ethnographers research the destruction of Earth’s diverse life-forms?
  • How to understand wildlife conservationists themselves as a specific international culture?
  • How do protected areas work amid military oppression and ethnic conflict?

My publications have explored the relationship between biodiversity conservation and qualitative social science, especially ethnography.



Kiik, Laur. 2019. Conservationland: Toward the Anthropology of Professionals in Global Nature Conservation. Critique of Anthropology 39 (4): 391–419.

Kiik, Laur. 2018. Wild-ing the Ethnography of Conservation: Writing Nature’s Value and Agency In. Anthropological Forum 28 (3): 217–235.