Grant TypeDissertation Fieldwork Grant
Institutional AffiliationFlorida International U.
Grant numberGr. 9290
Approve DateApril 19, 2016
Project TitleDongol, Yogesh, Florida International U., Miami, FL - To aid research on 'The Cultural Politics of Community Based Conservation in Nepal's Chitwan National Park Buffer Zone,' supervised by Dr. Roderick Neumann
Preliminary abstract: Diverse forms of community-based conservation (CBC) projects have proliferated over the past three decades, effectively reorganizing land and resource access in thousands of rural communities worldwide. Researchers have identified questions of how and to what effect CBCs intersect with identity politics surrounding territorial claims and land rights as central. Yet relevant research results are mixed and inconclusive. The proposed research addresses the critical knowledge gaps on territorialized CBCs through an ethnographic study of communities in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park (CNP) buffer zone. I will employ a mix of ethnographic and quantitative methods to conduct a 12-month study of two buffer zone communities. The research is framed by the field of political ecology, engaging specifically with the concepts of environmentality, territorialization, and indigeneity. The primary goals of the study are to understand the role of community-based conservation territories in (re)producing or alleviating socioeconomic inequalities, state formation and the construction of new subjectivities, and shaping rural property regimes and indigenous territorial claims.