Prof. dr. B.E. (Bram) Buscher
Professor and Chair Sociology of Development and Change Group


Bram Büscher is Professor and Chair of the Sociology of Development and Change group at Wageningen University, The Netherlands and holds visiting positions at the Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies of the University of Johannesburg and the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology of Stellenbosch University, in South Africa. From 2008 – 2015, he was Associate Professor of Environment and Sustainable Development at the Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, the Netherlands. Bram received his PhD (cum laude) from the VU University Amsterdam in 2009 and held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies of the University of Johannesburg, South Africa from September 2008 to January 2012. His research interests revolve around the political economy of conservation and development, the politics of energy and extraction, ecotourism, new media and social theory. In 2011, he received an NWO (Dutch Research Foundation) Veni grant for a research project entitled ‘Nature 2.0: The Political Economy of Conservation in Online and Southern African Environments’. In 2015, he was awarded an NWO Vidi grant to investigate Crisis Conservation situations in Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa together with three PhDs and a postdoc.

Bram has published over 55 articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes and is the author of ‘Transforming the Frontier. Peace Parks and the Politics of Neoliberal Conservation in Southern Africa’ (Duke University Press, 2013). He is also the co-editor of ‘The Ecotourism / Extraction Nexus: Rural Realities and Political Economies of (un)Comfortable Bedfellows’ (Routledge, 2013, co-edited with Veronica Davidov) and Nature™ Inc: Environmental Conservation in the Neoliberal Age (University of Arizona Press, 2014, co-edited with Wolfram Dressler and Robert Fletcher). Since 2012, Bram is one of the editors of the open-access journal Conservation & Society (www.conservationandsociety.org) and a book series with the University of Arizona Press on Critical Green Engagementsinvestigating the Green Economy and its Alternatives.

For more information, and access to publications, see: www.brambuscher.com.




  • Büscher, B. and J. Igoe (2013). ‘Prosuming’ Conservation? Web 2.0, Nature and the Intensification of Value-Producing Labour in Late Capitalism. Journal of Consumer Culture 13, 3: 283-305.
  • Büscher, B., S. Sullivan, K. Neves, J. Igoe, and D. Brockington (2012). Towards a Synthesized Critique of Neoliberal Biodiversity Conservation. Capitalism, Nature Socialism 23, 2: 4-30.
  • Büscher, B. (2012). Payments for Ecosystem Services as Neoliberal Conservation: (reinterpreting) Evidence from the Maloti-Drakensberg, South Africa. Conservation & Society 10, 1: 29-41.

More publications by Bram at: http://brambuscher.com/publications/

Major Awards / Achievements / Grants

  • 2012: NWO Veni grant ‘Nature 2.0: the political economy of conservation in online and southern African environments’ (€250.000)
  • 2011: ISS Innovation Fund grant (lead investigator) (€16.450)
  • 2010: Nomination Research Prize Erasmus University Rotterdam.


For more information go to: https://brambuscher.com