Professor Sarah Whatmore and Dr Jamie Lorimer undertook a 16 month research project (2006-2008) funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) on Scientific ecotourism and (post)colonial encounters with wildlife (RES-000-22-1960).
The project sought to establish how far, and in what ways, contemporary scientific ecotourism articulates a distinctively post-colonial mode of environmental ethics and governance. The project focused on elephant conservation projects in Sri Lanka and had three main aims:
- To provide an overview of the scientific ecotourism sector by mapping its current scale, value and scope of UK and producing a typology of its constituent organisations and modes of operating.
- To understand the politics and ethics of contemporary scientific ecotourism by investigating its practical operation in terms of the embodied practices and political processes which generate and mobilise scientific data in programmes of environmental governance.
- To situate scientific ecotourism in its historical context by exploring the activities and sensibilities of natural historians involved with wildlife in the case study area during its late colonial period (1850-1900).
- Lorimer, J. (2010) International conservation volunteering and the geographies of global environmental citizenship. Political Geography: 29(6): 311-322.
- Lorimer, J. (2010) Elephants as companion species: the lively biogeographies of Asian elephant conservation in Sri Lanka. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 35(4): 491-506.
- Lorimer, J. (2010) Moving image methodologies for more-than-human geographies. Cultural Geographies, 17(2): 237-258 and an erratum.
- Lorimer, J. and Whatmore, S. (2009) After the 'king of beasts': Samuel Baker and the embodied historical geographies of elephant hunting in mid-nineteenth-century Ceylon. Journal of Historical Geography, 35(4): 668-689.
- Lorimer, J. (2009) International conservation volunteering from the UK: what does it contribute? Oryx, 43(3): 352-360.