Senior Lecturer in Human Geography. Researching political ecologies and geographies of conservation and development. Focus on Tanzania/East Africa


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  • Biography

    since 2018/09 - Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

    Research keywords: political ecology and economy; development, nature and wildlife conservation, (eco)tourism; political and human geography, land grabbing and land conflicts; knowledge and expertise, governmentality and biopolitics

    Research area: Tanzania and East Africa

    PhD: Political Ecology ('Biopolitical Landscapes. Governing People and Spaces through Conservation in Tanzania', University of Copenhagen, 2018/03)

    MSc: Environmental Science and Agriculture (Universities of Copenhagen and Hohenheim, 2012)


  • Publications

    1) Peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals (commentaries and letters highlighted with *)

    * Brehony, P., Bluwstein, J., Lund, J.F., Tyrrell, P. 2018. “Bringing back complex socio-ecological realities to the study of CBNRM impacts: A response to Lee and Bond (2018).” Journal of Mammology. doi: 10.1093/jmammal/gyy118

    Bluwstein, J. 2018. “From Colonial Fortresses to Neoliberal Landscapes in Northern Tanzania: a Biopolitical Ecology of Wildlife Conservation”. Journal of Political Ecology 25, 144-168. doi: 10.2458/v25i1.22865

    * Lund, J.F. and Bluwstein, J. 2018. “When conservation research goes awry: a reply to Mascia and Mills (2018)". Conservation Letters 11(3). doi: 10.1111/conl.12461

    Bluwstein, J., Homewood, K., Lund, J.F, Nielsen, M.R., Burgess, N.D., Msuha, M., Olila, J., Sankeni, S.S., Millia, S.K., Laizer, H., Elisante, F., and Keane, A. 2018. “A quasi-experimental study of impacts of Tanzania’s Wildlife Management Areas on rural livelihoods and wealth“. Nature Scientific Data 5:180087. doi: 10.1038/sdata.2018.87

    Bluwstein, J., Lund, J.F., Askew, K., Stein, H., Noe, C., Odgaard, R., Maganga, F., Engström, L. 2018.  “Between dependence and deprivation: the interlocking nature of land alienation in Tanzania”. Journal of Agrarian Change 18(4), 806-830. doi: 10.1111/joac.12271

    Bluwstein, J. 2017. “Creating Ecotourism Territories. Environmentalities in Tanzania’s community-based conservation”. Geoforum 83(C), 101-113. doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2017.04.009

    Bluwstein, J. and Lund, J.F. 2017.  "Territoriality by Conservation in the Selous-Niassa Corridor in Tanzania". World Development. doi: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2016.09.010

    Rutt, R. and Bluwstein, J. 2017. "Quests for Justice and Mechanisms of Suppression in Flint, Michigan."  Environmental Justice 10(2):27-35. doi:10.1089/env.2016.0047.

    Bluwstein, J., Moyo, F. & Kicheneri, R. 2016. Austere Conservation: Understanding Conflicts over Resource Governance in Tanzanian Wildlife Management Areas. Conservation & Society, 14(3), 218-231. doi:10.4103/0972-4923.191156

    * Bluwstein, J. 2016. Problematizing debates on wildlife conservation and the war on poaching. Conservation Biology, 30(4), 692-693. doi:10.1111/cobi.12751

    Bluwstein, J., Braun, M. and Henriksen C.B. 2015. "Sustainable Extensification as an Alternative Model for Reducing GHG Emissions from Agriculture. The Case of an Extensively Managed Organic Farm in Denmark."  Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (39), 551-579. doi: 10.1080/21683565.2015.1013240

    * Bluwstein, J., Lund, J.F., and Balooni K.  2014.  "In Search of Conservation Impact. A Comment on Schusser 2012: Who Determines Biodiversity? An Analysis of Actors' Power and Interests in Community Forestry in Namibia."  Forest Policy and Economics (38), 227-228. doi: 10.1016/j.forpol.2013.07.007

    2) PhD thesis

    Bluwstein, J. 2018: “Biopolitical Landscapes. Governing People and Spaces through Conservation in Tanzania”, Unpublished PhD thesis, defended 2018.03.13, University of Copenhagen. Online here

    3) Book reviews in scientific journals

    Bluwstein, J. 2017: Book review of Selling the Serengeti. The Cultural Politics of Safari Tourism. Gardner, B. 2016. University of Georgia Press. In Africa, 87(3), 647-649. doi: 10.1017/S0001972017000250

    Bluwstein, J., Lund, J.F. 2017: “Unpacking the Political Economy of Lion Trophy Hunting in Tanzania”. Book review of Lions in the Balance. Man-Eaters, Manes, and Men with Guns. Packer, C. 2015. University of Chicago Press. In Conservation Biology, 31(2), doi: 10.1111/cobi.12848

    Bluwstein, J., Lund, J.F. 2016: Book review of Conflicts in Conservation. Navigating towards Solutions. Redpath et al. 2015. Cambridge University Press. In Conservation Biology, doi: 10.1111/cobi.12807

    4) Policy letters

    Marks, N., Homewood, K., Bluwstein, J., Lund, J.F., et al. 2017: ”Realising the Promise of Tanzania’s Wildlife Management Areas”. ESPA Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation, Policy Brief, November 2017,

    Homewood, K., Bluwstein, J., Lund, J.F. et al. 2015: "The economic and social viability of Tanzanian Wildlife Management Areas". Copenhagen Centre for Development Research, Policy Brief No. 04, October 2015

    5) Blogs and Commentaries

    Bluwstein, J., Brehony, P., Lund, J.F. 2018: „ Why conservation success stories in Tanzania need a closer look”. 2018.11.01, The Conversation,

    de Rosa, S.P. and Bluwstein, J. 2017: “Why “Warning to Humanity” gets the socio-ecological crisis (and its solutions) wrong”. 2017.11.23, ENTITLE Blog,

    Lund, J.F., Bluwstein, J., Ronan, A., Rutt, R. 2017: “Ende Gelände: Exposing the climate hypocrisy of Western European democracies”. 2017.09.07, ENTITLE Blog,

    Bluwstein, J. and Rutt. R., 2017: “The Flint Water Crisis: Quests for Justice and Mechanisms of Suppression”. 2017.08.17, ENTITLE Blog,

    Lund, J.F., Bluwstein, J., Mabele, M.B., Scheba, A., Sungusia, E. 2016: ”Are conservation policies a driver of deforestation in Tanzania?”. 2016.11.15, Mongabay,

  • Teaching and courses

    Intergrative fieldwork UE-SGG.00361 SP-2019
    Faculty of Science and Medicine

    PER 14 Room 2.223PER 14 Room 2.226.2

    Introduction to geoscience, part 2 (practical course) UE-SGS.00104 SP-2019
    Faculty of Science and Medicine

    Wednesday 15:15 - 17:00, PER 07 Room 2.312PER 07 Room 2.301PER 14 Room 0.026
    Wednesday 15:15 - 18:00, PER 14 Room 2.226.2PER 14 Room 2.225

    New approaches in human geography UE-SGG.00471 SP-2019
    Faculty of Science and Medicine

    PER 14 Room 2.225

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