Overseas Conservation Education and research: the new colonialism?

Hart, Adam G ORCID: 0000-0002-4795-9986, Leather, Simon R and Sharma, Manju V (2021) Overseas Conservation Education and research: the new colonialism? Journal of Biological Education, 55 (5). pp. 569-574. doi:10.1080/00219266.2020.1739117

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The overseas field course is a common feature of European and North American undergraduate degrees and increasingly students are seeking out volunteering opportunities abroad in order to gain career-related experience in the overcrowded conservation sector. We argue that, without careful consideration, both activities run the twin risks of becoming ‘parachute’ science and perpetuating harmful neo-colonial attitudes. We propose a series of guidelines for those running overseas university field courses and volunteering activities to reduce these risks.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education; Parachute science; Neo-colonialism
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Marta Kemp
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2020 17:13
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:57
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/8104

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