Associate Professor Libby Lunstrum

Libby is Associate Professor of Geography and Resident Faculty member at the Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada. Her research focuses on the politics of conservation areas, especially national and transnational parks. Libby investigates the ecological politics of international borders and borderlands, the militarization of protected areas, conservation security, wildlife crime, environmental displacement, conservation violence, the relationships between parks and local/Aboriginal communities, the marketization of conservation, and attempts to make conservation more appealing to “non-traditional” groups (especially as this links up with questions of race and exclusion).

The empirical sites of her fieldwork include Southern Africa’s Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area (GLTFCA), including Mozambique’s Limpopo and South Africa’s Kruger National Parks; South Africa National Parks at the national level; North America’s Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park (WGIPP); and Parks Canada at the national level.

For more on Libby’s research, please visit her academic profile. She also has Twitter account @LibbyLunstrum.