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New guest researcher at NIAS
June 6, 2020 - 08:52
Emilie Edelblutte is a PhD scholar from the University of Lyon 2, she will be at NIAS till the end of the year.
“My main research interest lies in questions of urban and political ecology in the megacity of Mumbai (India). At the nature/culture interface; I first studied the relations of powers within an urban National Park in Mumbai; focusing on the tribal populations and recounting the loss of their territorial rights, customs and resources. Later I studied the flood mitigation policies of Mumbai and risk perception through a geo-ethnographical and social approach.
Through the study of human/wildlife conflicts in the Metropolitan Region of Mumbai, my PhD currently investigates the complexity of environmental conflicts within an area where the confrontation between different ideologies of nature meets socioeconomic disparities characteristic of Asian megacities. To do so, I have a multi disciplinary approach, using conservation biology, ecology, animal geography as well as environmental justice. I am also using two complementary methods of (i) participatory mapping and (ii) monitoring of leopard with GPS collars; in order to compare the spatial strategies of wildlife and a large range of stakeholders. By spatializing and revealing the complex tensions that lie behind the simplistic dichotomy between nature and culture, these cartographic methods question the definition of zoning policies and integrated management of environment and human settlements.”