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Miss Gabriella Santini
London
Tel: +44(0)7586992314
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Appointment
  • Post Graduate Teaching Assistants
  • Inst for Risk & Disaster Reduction
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Biography
SSHRC Award recipient and PhD Candidate in Anthropology at University College London (UCL), UK.
University of Ottawa Anthropology graduate with a specialisation in human-animal relations. My research interests include climate change resiliency, political ecology, conservation and extinction, economic development, and Indigenous rights. My current research focuses on the political, economic and social implications of lion conservation in East Africa.
Research Summary

I conducted research on Orchid Island, Taiwan among the Tao people (also known as Yami) as part of my MA at the University of Ottawa. I participated in prof. Scott Simon's SSHRC-funded research project, "Austronesian Worlds: Human-Animal Relations in the Pacific Anthropocene," which looked at the ways through which Indigenous peoples in the Western Pacific view their place in the wider ecology.

My current doctoral research will take place in and around Kenya's Maasai Mara, where I will explore pastoralist-lion dynamics in spaces of conservation. Using new and interdisciplinary research methods, I will investigate how Maasai pastoralists and Maasai Mara lions have come to live with each other, and how that relation has transformed with changing social, political, and ecological realities. 


Teaching Summary
Previous teaching experience at the University of Ottawa.
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