Richard Kiaka


Resident Lecturer in Human Dimensions of Conservation




Ph.D. in Anthropology
University of Hamburg (Hamburg, Germany)

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Dr. Richard Kiaka is an anthropologist with research interests in the broader subject of human-wildlife interaction in east and southern Africa. His past and current research focuses on topics such as environmental justice in conservation, human-wildlife conflicts, rural land governance, transformation of pastoral socioecological landscapes, community-based conservation, the impacts of global capitalism and markets on local wildlife conservation, and the political economy of conservation. Richard is devoted to the promotion of participatory action research in conservation, including ethnographic photovoice. He attained his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Hamburg in Germany, having conducted extensive research on community conservation in northwest Namibia. Outside of academic life, Richard enjoys playing soccer and volleyball. He keeps and breeds large dogs for security and fun. Richard’s favorite dog breed is a Rottweiler.