Marja Spierenburg

Marja SpierenburgQualifications
2003 - PhD degree in Anthropology, University of Amsterdam, title of thesis: ‘Strangers, Spirits and Land Reforms, Conflicts about Land in Dande, northern Zimbabwe’
1989 - ‘Doctoraal’ degree (comparable to MSc degree) in Social Psychology, with Anthropology as a second subject. University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

Current academic position
Since August 2016  Professor at the Radboud University, Department of Anthropology and Development Studies
Main duties: Lecturing, tutoring, supervison (at BA, MSc and PhD-level). Her research addresses the growing importance of (local and transnational) alliances between public, private, and civil society actors in nature conservation and land reform, and the impacts this has on the land rights and livelihoods of local communities. She is interested in how the increasing neo-liberalization and financialization of nature conservation and land management/reform influence images of nature and land (as heritage, resources, commodities), and how these in turn are linked to processes of identity formation, and processes of in- and exclusion. She is currently involved in a research programme entitled ‘Karoo Futures? Trajectories of Change’, coordinated by Prof. Cherryl Walker, the DST/NRF SARChI Chair in the Sociology of Land, Environment and Sustainable Development at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She is also involved in a research project in cooperation with the Stockholm Resilience Centre ‘Connecting diverse knowledge systems at multiple scales for enhanced ecosystem governance - developing the Multiple Evidence Base approach’; funded by the Swedish Science Council.

Research Fellow Stellenbosch University (South Africa), Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology (2010-present).

Fellow member
Radboud University Nijmegen