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Towards fairer conservation: Perspectives and ideas from early‐career researchers

Archer, Lucy J; Müller, Helen S; Jones, Lizzie P; Ma, Heidi; Gleave, Rosalind A; da Silva Cerqueira, Aline; McMurdo Hamilton, Thalassa; (2022) Towards fairer conservation: Perspectives and ideas from early‐career researchers. People and Nature 10.1002/pan3.10309. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

The Black Lives Matter Movement, which gained unprecedented global momentum in mid-2020, triggered critical reflection on systemic discrimination of disadvantaged groups across many domains of society. It prompted us, as early-career researchers (ECRs) in conservation science, to examine our own awareness of ongoing injustices within our field, the role we play in perpetuating or countering these injustices, and how to move forward. Colonialist ideologies and power dynamics throughout the history of conservation practice and research have left a long-lasting legacy of inequality and systemic racism. While improvements have been made, these legacies continue to influence teaching and practice today. In this perspective piece, we reflect on the impacts of conservation’s colonial past and how the sector has developed. We then explore how current traditional routes into conservation, and the dominance of these approaches, can leave ECRs underprepared to address modern-day conservation issues due to a limited understanding of conservation’s history and key theories from other fields. We end by offering a set of suggestions encouraging others to learn and practise fairer and more inclusive conservation practices.

Type: Article
Title: Towards fairer conservation: Perspectives and ideas from early‐career researchers
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/pan3.10309
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/pan3.10309
Language: English
Additional information: © 2022 The Authors. People and Nature published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of British Ecological Society. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: fairer conservation, inclusivity, equality, early-career researchers, research ethics, reflexivity
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10145113
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