Guest Speakers

Brian Child

Associate professor at the University of Florida

Brian works on the economics and governance of wildlife in Southern Africa, with particular expertise in community governance and park management systems. He provided extension services and research to private conservation landholders in Zimbabwe and played a leading role in the development of Zimbabwe’s Communal Area Management Programme for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE). In Zambia, he developed a sustainable park management system and a community conservation program in the Luangwa Valley and introduced performance-based law enforcement in the greater Kafue ecosystem. He chaired IUCN’s Southern African Sustainable Use Specialist Group for six years, promoting the concept of conservation as a local development strategy, and facilitating southern practitioners to publish five books or journal special editions. His current research focuses on the institutional economics and governance of the state, private, and community conservation, but with a primary interest in developing new research/education approaches that bridge research and practice.
Brian shared his expertise on Southern Africas conservation practices which, at the time he was part of CAMPFIRE, brought local leaders and communities together for citizen participation efforts in conservation in Zimbabwe. Since his visit, he’s also consulted with SOWC to build academic content.