research-sanchez-insertNew book
Criminal Capital: Violence, Corruption and Class in Industrial India (Routledge, October 2015). Dr Sanchez explores the relationship between neoliberalism, criminality and the reshaping of class in modern India. It discusses how the political vocabularies of urban industrial workers reflect the processes by which power is distributed across the region. Based upon field research among a ‘casualised’ workforce in the industrial city of Jamshedpur, the book examines the links between the decline of employment security, and criminality in trade unions, corporations and the state.

The volume compares popular discourses of corruption against the ethnography of local labour politics, business enterprise and debt collection, and shows how corruption and criminality consolidate class power in industrial environments. Using an interdisciplinary ethnographic approach, this study interrogates the relationship between capitalism, corruption, violence and labour politics in contemporary Indian society.

research-judith-insetNew book
Dr Judith Bovensiepen. 2015. The Land of Gold: Post-Conflict Recovery and Cultural Revival in Independent Timor-Leste. Ithaca: Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications.

In the village of Funar, located in the central highlands of Timor-Leste, the disturbing events of the twenty-four-year-long Indonesian occupation are rarely articulated in narratives of suffering. Despite the experiences of forced resettlement and their marginalization in contemporary nation-building processes, Funar villagers emphasize their geographic centrality and the significance of the sacred land of the ancestors, a place where gold is abundant and life itself is thought to have originated. The Land of Gold argues that attempts to re-establish a mythical primordial unity with the land by reinvigorating ancestral practices are key to understanding the ways people in Timor-Leste are coming to terms with experiences of conflict and forced dislocation. Never leaving out of sight the intensive political and emotional dilemmas that the troublesome past imposes on people’s daily lives, The Land of Gold seeks to go beyond prevailing theories of post-conflict reconstruction that prioritize human-human relations. Instead, it explores the significance of the highlanders’ affective and ritual engagement with the environment and with their ancestors, while taking into account how processes of essentialisation can be a central part of social and political change.

Alastair Key, PhD student
Key, A.J.M.
and Lycett, S.J. (2015) Reassessing the production of handaxes versus flakes from a functional perspective. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, DOI: 10.1007/s12520-015-0300-1

Ellen, R. (2014) Pragmatism, identity, and the state; How the Nuaulu of Seram have reinvented their beliefs and practices as “religion” WACanA Jurnal Ilmu Pengetahuan Budaya, Vol 15, No 2 DOI:

Graciela Alcántara-Salinas, PhD alumna
G. Alcántara-Salinas
, E. S. Hunn, J. E. Rivera-Hernández. (2015) Avian Biodiversity in Two Zapotec Communities in Oaxaca: The Role of Community-Based Conservation in San Miguel Tiltepec and San Juan Mixtepec, Mexico. Human Ecology, Vol 43, Issue 5, pp 735-748. DOI: 10.1007/s10745-015-9777-6

Janine Robinson,  PhD student
Robinson, Janine E., St. John, Freya A. V., Griffiths, Richard A. & Roberts, David L. (2015). Captive Reptile Mortality Rates in the Home and Implications for the Wildlife Trade. PLoS One 10(11):  DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0141460

SAC Research in the Media

Dr Matt Struebig features in a recent article published in the National Geographic, “A Race to Save Ancient Human Secrets in Borneo“. This piece discusses the potential impact of industrial growth on an area, rich with diverse wildlife and evolutionary history. In the article Dr Matt Struebig examines the diversity of bat species in the Sangkulirang caves, eastern Borneo.  The article has also been picked up by the New York Times Syndicate.

Upcoming Research Events

KISS – Research Event
Wednesday 25th November, 18:00-17:30, Eliot Lecture Theatre 2
Kent’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Spatial Studies (KISS – SAC research centre) invite you to join them for their first Film Screening event. The event will screen Patrick Keiller’s “Robinson in Space“. For more details about the event and the film please visit our website.

Research Impact Seminar
Friday 4th December, 09:00 – 13:00, Darwin Board Room
Research Services and SAC Human Ecology are delighted to offer an additional Grants Factory session this term on how to fast track the impact of your research, led by Professor Mark Reed of Birmingham City University. Professor Reed is a recognized international expert in impact research with >100 publications. He has won awards for both the impact of his research, and for his work as the research manager of an international conservation charity.

The session will give you everything you need to generate impacts from your research. You will leave with practical tools you can use immediately in your research, no matter what discipline or where you are in the research cycle. The training is based on the latest research evidence (including by Professor Reed) and takes a unique relational approach to deliver wide-reaching and lasting impacts. You will gain powerful new insights and skills that you can apply across all areas of your life. For more information visit our website.

Other Research Activity

CATS Global Meeting
research-linkie-insetWWF held their first Conservation Assured | Tiger Standards (CA|TS) meeting this week. 10% of the participants were DICE alumni, including Matt Linkie who posted this great photo of the crew. According to their website, “CA|TS is a set of criteria which allows tiger sites to check if their management will lead to successful tiger conservation. CA|TS is organised under seven pillars and 17 elements of critical management activity. CA|TS was developed by tiger and protected area experts. Officially launched in 2013, CA|TS is an important part of Tx2, the global goal to double wild tiger numbers by the year 2022.” To find out more about CA|TS visit their website.


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