Wildlife and People: Conflict and Coexistence

Course details

From £67.00

Sat 19 Jan 2019

Wildlife and People: Conflict and Coexistence


Wildlife and humans coexist in an intricate relationship. People value wildlife as a source of income, food and medicine, as a cultural symbol or a charm. At the same time, communities living in close proximity to wildlife may consider it a nuisance, competition or threat. With human population growing at an unprecedented rate, there is a greater scope for tension with wildlife. Managing the interactions between people and wild animals is therefore becoming an increasingly pressing issue from the perspective of wildlife conservation, animal welfare and people’s livelihood.

Conservation biology is a topic requiring a multidisciplinary approach – on one hand, a sound scientific understanding of biological principles and processes, on the other – a consideration of the “human factor”, i.e. socioeconomics, politics or philosophy.

This course will explore two principal subject areas: human-wildlife conflict, and overexploitation.

  • Human-wildlife conflict, its mechanisms, mitigation methods and challenges.
    • Livestock depredation.
    • Crop raiding.
    • Wildlife attacks.
    • Can trophy hunting be used for the benefit of conservation?


  • Overexploitation: using wildlife as a resource, and its consequences on a global scale.
    • Use of animals for food, e.g. bushmeat hunting.
    • Wildlife used for medicinal purposes.
    • Exotic pet trade and wildlife tourist attractions.

The course is based on both recent and historical case studies from around the world, aims to be highly interactive, and will suit anyone with a passion for wildlife and a will to engage in challenging and insightful discussions.

Programme details

9.45am          Registration

10.00am       Mechanisms of human-wildlife conflict: livestock depredation, crop raiding, wildlife attacks.

11.15am         Coffee/tea

11.45am         Management and mitigation of human-wildlife conflict.

12.40pm        Trophy hunting debate

1.00pm          Lunch

2.00pm         Overexploitation: bushmeat hunting, wildlife used in traditional medicine.

3.15pm          Tea/coffee

3.45pm         Exotic pet trade, wildlife tourist attractions.

5.00pm         Course disperses

Recommended reading

Macdonald, D. W., & Service, K. (2007). Key topics in conservation biology. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub.


Tuition (includes tea/coffee): £67.00
Baguette lunch: £4.90


Dr Joanna Bagniewska


is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Reading. She received her doctorate from the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) at the Oxford University Department of Zoology

Dr Thomas Hesselberg

Director of Studies

Thomas is a zoologist who has studied spiders, insects and worms for more than 15 years in both temperate and tropical climates. In addition to his teaching for OUDCE, he is a lecturer in biological sciences at St. Anne's College.