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Dr. Sian Sullivan

Sian came to Warwick from King’s College London where she was Lecturer in Environment and Development. Previously she held a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Anthropology Dept. at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Sian’s work to date has focused on conflicts of interest in environmental policy, exploring disjunctions between discourses held at local, national and transnational levels in the areas of wildlife conservation and ‘desertification’, and with fieldwork conducted over an eight-year period in Namibia, Southern Africa. Publications arising from this work include Political Ecology: Science, Myth and Power (co-edited with Philip Stott, Edward Arnold, 2000), articles in several anthropology and ecology journals (including Anthropos, J. of Biogeography, Global Ecology and Biogeography, Africa é Mediterraneo Societa é Cultura), and chapters in a number of edited volumes. Influenced by local protest against donor and NGO facilitation of conservation initiatives in her earlier field area of north-west Namibia, and by recent anti-capitalism protests in ‘the north’, - as well as by her dance background (Sian trained at the Royal Ballet School and is a founder member of Gravitas Dance Company (www.gravitasdance.com)) - Sian is now working with theoretical, ethnographic and experiential material to elucidate areas of significance within an emerging and radical ‘global anti-capitalism’. Her particular interests are 1. the structural significance of non-hierarchical networks of organisation, i.e. as made possible by the Internet; and 2. ‘anti-capitalism’ as an antirationalist micropolitics of being and subjectivity, in relation to a rationalist agenda for more conventional reform of existing governance and economic institutions.
Dr. Sian Sullivan