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Samantha Sithole

 University of Lausanne


Samantha Sithole is currently a doctoral candidate and graduate assistant in the Institute of Geography and Sustainability at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. She holds a M.Phil Degree in Development Studies from the University of Cape Town. Her research has encompassed issues of natural resources governance and conservation within Southern Africa.

Over the course of her studies she has researched governance structures of the Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, the impact of militarisation on communities that neighbour the Kruger National Park (KNP) in South Africa and is now focusing on the inclusion of youth in conservation decision making institutions and structures from the global to local level, with particular focus on South Africa. Samantha has also recently published an article on the challenges of cultural representation of other societies and cultures in Western zoos. When she is not researching youth and environmental issues, she enjoys travelling and learning about other cultures and people.