Francis Massé joined the BIOSEC project as a post-doctoral researcher in January 2018. He joins the team from the Department of Geography at York University in Toronto, Canada, where he earned his PhD. In his dissertation and doctoral research he used an ethnographic approach to examine conservation security, law enforcement, and anti-poaching efforts in response to commercial rhino and elephant poaching in Mozambique and South Africa. His research was supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Scholarship.
Francis leads BIOSEC Work Package Four: Sourcing wildlife: environmental crime, security and biodiversity protection in which he will continue to examine the policing and security responses to wildlife crime and the illegal wildlife trade. He will continue working in Southern Africa and hopes to expand his research to new sites and species.
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