Doctoral Researcher

Jamie Burton is a doctoral researcher at IRI THESys and the Conservation Biogeography Lab in the Geography department at HU. He holds an MSc in Wildlife Conservation Management from the University of Glasgow and a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Bristol. Before starting his PhD, he spent 3.5 years working as a software engineer and has experience as a research assistant on projects related to non-human behavioural ecology and social research on human perceptions of non-humans.

In his PhD project, he is currently researching human-carnivore relationships in South America’s tropical dry forests, aiming to bring an interdisciplinary and political-ecological perspective to human-carnivore research in these regions, collaborating closely with colleagues in Argentina and Bolivia. The overarching aim of the project is to explore ways to describe more-than-human relationships in dry forests (predominantly focusing on the Argentine Chaco and Bolivian Chiquitania), addressing the power dynamics at play, identifying patterns of land-use change (e.g., through frontier processes), and attempting to understand their effects on human and carnivore behaviour.

Research Interests

  • Multispecies ethnography
  • Political ecology
  • Land-use frontiers