Episode 2.4: Eco-colonialism and Environmental Justice in the Global South
Joseph E. Mbaiwa
Dr. Joseph E. Mbaiwa is the Director of the Okavango Research Institute University of Botswana. He is also a Professor of Tourism Studies. Dr Mbaiwa holds a PhD in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M University (USA). He is widely published in areas of tourism development, community-based natural resource management, rural livelihoods, and biodiversity conservation. He has also graduated students at PhD and MPhil in the areas of tourism development and natural resource conservation. Dr. Mbaiwa is in the editorial board of academic journals such as South African Geographical Journal, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Journal of Ecotourism etc. Dr. Mbaiwa was a taskforce member appointed by Botswana’s Minister of Environmental, Natural Resource Conservation and Tourism to prepare a proposal dossier that resulted in the Okavango Delta being listed as the 1000th UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dr. Mbaiwa is also Non-Executive Director (Board Member) of the Botswana Tourism Organisation. He is also as a member of the 2019 - 2021 Ramsar Convention’ Scientific and Technical Review Panel for the 2019-2021 triennium.
Chris Brown is Associate Professor of Political Science at Carleton University, in the field of comparative politics, with a specialization in the politics of Africa. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Toronto and his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Government from Cornell University. His research focuses on the politics of southern Africa, with particular attention to Botswana. He has also published on Canadian foreign policy towards Africa and on Canadian development assistance policy. In addition to his academic career, he has worked at different times for a total of approximately ten years as a development planner and as a local government policy advisor in Botswana and in Ghana.