A way I’ve been able to share my experiences is through speaking. Over the years I’ve taught and spoken at universities, to organisations, in workshops and with community groups. These have covered making contributions to workshops and professional development, key-note speaking at functions/conferences and after-dinner with community groups.
We collaborate to put together something in my area of experience to share, depending on the organisation and the audience. The following topics, reflecting my professional practice in landscapes and with communities, give you a sense of what I do – though I regularly work with organisations and go beyond these.
Communities, resilience and sustainability
The focus here is why resilient communities are important. What roles can resilient communities play in the sustainability of both their communities and their landscapes? Why is this important? What examples are there around the world?
Himalayan conservation and development
The focus here is on the conservation of the Himalayas – the ‘third pole’. These are reflections of my 20 years working in the mountains and an assessment of potential opportunities and challenges for the future.
This focus is on the conservation and preservation of the tiger, especially in India. How is tiger protection a socio-economic and political issue? How do people live in tiger landscapes? What are their cultural attachments to both the species and their landscapes? What happens when there are too many tigers for tiger reserves?
The existence of the ‘abominable snowman’ has been of interest to scientists and explorers for over a hundred years. Yet, for many local people in the Himalayas, the Yeti exists and shouldn’t be taken for granted. What do local stories tell us about the Yeti and also about mountain communities’ understandings of Himalayan landscapes?
Slow travel in landscapes
The art and essence of slow travel should be about making connections locally. Yet we often forget that making these connections provides opportunities for supporting communities and the sustainability of their landscapes. How do our travels support communities and their landscapes? Importantly, how do our travels let us re-imagine our reasons for travel?