PhD defence | 26 05 2021 | Batwa, Gorillas and the Ruhija Road: a relational perspective on controversies at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda | By Christine Ampumuza

In this thesis I take a relational perspective as an alternative way of understanding the controversies around conservation, development and tourism at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park [Bwindi]. Drawing from my research, community outreach and a study of literature around Bwindi, I identified three key controversies: Batwa marginalisation, gorilla habituation and paving the Ruhija road at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Over the years it has turned out that no single policy or management intervention has been able to completely put an end to the said issues. Moreover, even the best practice strategies often resulted in unforeseen consequences. For more than twenty years now, it is apparent that to continue asking similar questions implies getting locked into an endless cycle. It is therefore imperative that this cycle is broken, so as to open up to other possibilities by problematising the longstanding assumptions about the controversies as well as the nature or status of the subjects/objects of these controversies.

PhD candidateC (Christine) Ampumuza
Promotorprof.dr. VR (Rene) van der Duim M (Martijn) Duineveld
OrganisationWageningen UniversityCultural Geography
DateWed 26 May 2021 11:00 to 12:30
VenueAula, gebouwnummer 362