‘Low-skilled’ workers in orangutan conservation

Discussion date:

2 October 2018

Discussion Description:

This session centres on a much-neglected but crucial figure in conservation: the ‘low-skilled’ worker who mediates between different parties, contexts and human/nonhuman entities, and without whom the on-the-ground work of conservation would be impossible.


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