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Anke Fischer

Anke Fischer
Professor in Environmental Communication

Presentation

My research combines perspectives from psychology, sociology and governance studies. It approaches environmental communication through conceptual lenses such as social representations, discourses and values, and explores intersections with legitimacy, resistance and participation, and their implications for the governance of conflict and transformation processes.

Research

Over the years, my research has examined social representations of climate change, nature and biological diversity as built and used by different social groups, particularly also the value judgements implied, and the implications for public support for related policies. Other work has also addressed the cultural and economic role of hunting in Tanzania and Ethiopia, and the institutional arrangements that foster (or hamper) sustainable resource management, with a focus on co-management and institutional change. My more recent research has combined these different approaches by looking at the management and governance of ecosystem services, systems such as woodlands, and climate change and sustainability transformations from the perspectives of individuals as well as social groups. 

Background

Previous posts:

2017-2019 Science Group Leader, Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland
2011-2017 Senior Research Scientist, Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland
2010-2012 Project leader, Frankfurt Zoological Society, Arusha and Addis Ababa
2005-2011 Research Scientist, Socio-Economic Research Group, Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland
2004 Junior expert, German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)


Education:

PhD 2004, Agricultural Sciences, Göttingen University, Germany
First State Examination (MSc-equivalent) 1996, Educational Sciences for Special Needs, University of Marburg, Germany

Supervision

PhD STUDENTS

Ongoing at the James Hutton Institute:

Alison Martin: Governance and ownership of rural Scotland – implications for the rewilding agenda. University of the Highlands and Islands, jointly supervised with Melanie Smith and Rob McMorran. Started 2018.
Irma Arts: Digital technologies and human-nature interactions: the users’ perspective. University of Aberdeen, jointly supervised with René van der Wal and Dominic Duckett. Started 2017. 
Jennifer Wardle: Resolving the conflict between demands on organic waste in rural Ethiopia – optimum solutions for food, energy and water security. University of Aberdeen, jointly supervised with Jo Smith, Lisa Avery and David Vega-Maza. Started 2016. 

 
Completed:

Isla Hodgson: A conflict with wings: Understanding the narratives, relationships and hierarchies of conflicts over raptors and red grouse in Scotland. University of Aberdeen, jointly supervised with Steve Redpath and Juliette Young. 2018.
Asanterabi Lowassa: The influence of social structure and social change on illegal bushmeat hunting in western Serengeti, Tanzania. University of Dar es Salaam, jointly supervised with Abu Mvungi. 2018.  
Marie Pagès: Partnerships between professionals and amateurs in nature conservation – an examination of the motivations and discourses in the management of invasive non-native species. University of Aberdeen, jointly supervised with Xavier Lambin and René van der Wal. 2016. 
Audrey Verma: The role of digital technology in the development of human-nature relationships. University of Aberdeen, jointly supervised with René van der Wal. 2016. 
Dereje Tadesse Wakjira: Governance, institutional change and forest use in Harenna, Ethiopia. University of Aberdeen, jointly supervised with Michelle Pinard. 2013. 
Koen Arts: Wilderness restoration and animal reintroduction: Ideas, discourses and policies. University of Aberdeen, jointly supervised with René van der Wal. 2012.  
Sebastian Selge: Public and scientific discourses on biological invasions: social representations of invasive non-native species in Scotland. University of Aberdeen, jointly supervised with René van der Wal. 2011. 
Kerry A. Waylen: The implications of local views and institutions for the outcomes of community-based conservation. Imperial College London, jointly supervised with E.J. Milner-Gulland. 2010. 

Selected publications

List of publications by thematic areas

Peer-reviewed articles

Hodgson, I.D., Redpath, S.M., Fischer, A. and Young, J.C. (2019): Who knows best? Understanding the use of research-based knowledge in conservation conflicts. Journal of Environmental Management 231: 1065-1075.  

Pagès, M., van der Wal, R., Lambin, X., Fischer, A. (2019): Involving volunteers in rationalised nature conservation: Challenges and opportunities in the case of invasive non-native species management in Great Britain. Journal of Environmental Management: 229: 102-111. 

Fischer, A., Spekkink, W., Polzin, C., Díaz-Ayude, A., Brizi, A., Macsinga, I. (2018): Social representations of governance for change towards sustainability: perspectives of sustainability advocates. Environmental Politics 27: 621-643. 

Hodgson, I.D., Redpath, S.M., Fischer, A. and Young, J.C. (2018): Fighting talk: contested discourses of the conflict over raptors and grouse moor management in Scotland. Land Use Policy 77:332-343. 

Pagès, M., Fischer, A., Van der Wal, R. (2018): The dynamics of volunteer motivations for engaging in the management of invasive plants: Insights from a mixed-methods study on Scottish seabird islands. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 61 (5-6): 904-923. 

Craig, T.P., Fischer, A., Lorenzo-Arribas, A. (2018): Shopping versus nature? An exploratory study of everyday experiences. Frontiers in Psychology, Section Environmental Psychology: 9.

Verma, A., Van der Wal., R., Fischer, A. (2017): New technological interventions in conservation conflicts: Countering emotions and contested knowledge. Human Ecology 45: 683-695.

Fischer, A., Holstead, K., Hendrickson, C.Y., Virkkula, O., Prampolini, A. (2017): Community-led initiatives’ everyday politics for sustainability – conflicting rationalities and aspirations for change? Environment and Planning A 49: 1986-2006. 

Fischer, A., McKee, A. (2017): A question of capacities? Community resilience and empowerment between assets, abilities and relationships.  Journal of Rural Studies 54: 187-197. 

Eastwood, A., Fischer, A., Byg, A. (2017): The challenges of participatory and systemic environmental management: from aspiration to implementation. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 60: 1683-1701. 

Tadie, D., Fischer, A. (2017): Natural resource governance in lower Omo, Ethiopia – negotiation processes instead of property rights and rules? International Journal of the Commons 11: 445-463.

Verma, A., van der Wal, R., Fischer, A. (2016): Imagining wildlife: New technologies and animal censuses, maps and museums. Geoforum 75:75-86. 

Johansson, M., Dressel, S., Kvastegård, E., Fischer, A., Kaltenborn, B., Vaske, J., Sandström, C. (2016): Describing human-wildlife interaction from a European perspective. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 21: 158-168. 

Arts, K.; Fischer, A.; Van der Wal, R. (2016): Boundaries of the wolf and the wild: a theoretical examination of the relationship between rewilding and animal reintroduction. Restoration Ecology 24:27-34.  

Fischer, A., Eastwood, A. (2016): Coproduction of ecosystem services as human-nature interactions – an analytical framework. Land Use Policy 52: 41-50.  

Van der Wal, R., Fischer, A., Selge, S., Larson, B. (2015): Neither the public nor experts judge species primarily on their origins. Environmental Conservation 42: 349-355.  

Dinnie, E., Fischer, A., Huband, S. (2015): Discursive claims to knowledge: The challenge of delivering public policy objectives through new environmental governance arrangements for land and game management in Scotland. Journal of Rural Studies 37:1-9.  

Van der Wal, R., Fischer, A., Selge, S., Larson, B. (2015): Neither the public nor experts judge species primarily on their origins. Environmental Conservation 42: 349-355.  

Dinnie, E., Fischer, A., Huband, S. (2015): Discursive claims to knowledge: The challenge of delivering public policy objectives through new environmental governance arrangements for land and game management in Scotland. Journal of Rural Studies 37:1-9.  

Verma, A., van der Wal, R., Fischer, A. (2015): Microscope and Spectacle: On the complexities of using new visual technologies to communicate about animal conservation. Ambio 44: S648-660. 

Fischer, A., Selge, S., Larson, B., Van der Wal, R. (2014): The public and professionals reason similarly about the management of non-native invasive species: A quantitative investigation of the relationship between beliefs and attitudes. PLOS ONE 9(8): e105495.

Fischer, A., Wakjira, D. T, T. W., Yitbarek, Ashenafi, Z. T. (2014): On the interplay of actors in the co-management of natural resources - a dynamic perspective. World Development 64: 158–168. 

Arts, K., Fischer, A., Van der Wal, R. (2014): Political decision-making, governance shifts and Scottish animal reintroductions: are democratic principles at stake? Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 57: 612-628. 

Fischer, A., Sandström, C., Delibes-Mateos, M., Arroyo, B., Tadie, D., Randall, D., Hailu, F., Lowassa, A., Msuha, M., Kereži, V., Reljić, S., Linnell, J., Majić Skrbinšek, A. (2013): On the multifunctionality of hunting – an institutional analysis of eight cases from Europe and Africa. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 56: 531-552. 

Fischer, A., Kereži, V., Arroyo, B., Delibes-Mateos, M., Tadie, D., Lowassa, A., Krange, O., Skogen, K. (2013): (De)legitimising hunting – discourses over the morality of hunting in Europe and eastern Africa. Land Use Policy 32: 261-270.

Waylen, K.A., Gowan, P., Fischer, A., Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2013): Deconstructing community for conservation: Why simple assumptions are not sufficient. Human Ecology 41: 575-585. 

Yitbarek T.W., Tadie, D., Timer, G., Fischer, A. (2013): Evaluating governance processes in the sharing of revenues from wildlife tourism and hunting in Ethiopia. Environmental Conservation 40: 253-265. 

Wakjira, D.T., Fischer, A., Pinard, M. (2013): Governance change and institutional adaptation: A case study from Harenna forest, Ethiopia. Environmental Management 51:912–925. 

Tadie, D., Fischer, A.  (2013): Hunting, social structure and human-nature relationships in lower Omo, Ethiopia: people and wildlife at a crossroads. Human Ecology 41:447–457.

 

Reports

Ring, I.; Sandström, C.; Acar, S.; Adeishvili, M.; Albert, C.; Allard, C.; Anker, Y.; Arlettaz, R.; Bela, G.; ten Brink, B.; Coscieme, L.; Fischer, A.; Fürst, C.; Galil, B.; Hynes, S.; Kasymov, U.; Marta-Pedroso, C.; Mendes, A.; Molau, U.; Olschewski, R.; Pergl, J.; Simoncini, R.; Blackstock, K.L. (2018): Environmental governance for biodiversity and nature's contributions to people: synergies and trade-offs: Chapter 6. In: Rounsevell, M., Fischer, M., Torre-Marin Rando, A. & Mader, A. (eds.), The IPBES Regional Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Europe and Central Asia. Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Bonn: Germany. https://www.ipbes.net/assessment-reports/eca


Contact
Professor at the Department of Urban and Rural Development; Division of Environmental Communication
Telephone: 018673556
Postal address:
Inst för stad och land, Box 7012
75007 UPPSALA
Visiting address: Ulls väg 27, Uppsala