Wildlife and People: Conflict and Conservation


Wildlife and humans coexist in an intricate relationship. People value wildlife as a source of income, food and medicine, as a cultural symbol or a charm. At the same time, communities living in close proximity to wildlife may consider it a nuisance, competition or threat. With human population growing at an unprecedented rate, there is a greater scope for tension with wildlife. Managing the interactions between people and wild animals is therefore becoming an increasingly pressing issue from the perspective of wildlife conservation, animal welfare and people’s livelihood.

Conservation biology is a topic requiring a multidisciplinary approach – on one hand, a sound scientific understanding of biological principles and processes, on the other – a consideration of the “human factor”, i.e. socioeconomics, politics or philosophy.

We will explore two principal subject areas: human-wildlife conflict, and overexploitation.

Human-wildlife conflict, its mechanisms, mitigation methods and challenges:

  • Livestock depredation.
  • Crop raiding.
  • Wildlife attacks.
  • Can trophy hunting be used for the benefit of conservation?

Overexploitation: using wildlife as a resource, and its consequences on a global scale:

  • Use of animals for food, e.g. bushmeat hunting.
  • Wildlife used for medicinal purposes.
  • Exotic pet trade and wildlife tourist attractions.

This one-day course is based on both recent and historical case studies from around the world, aims to be highly interactive, and will suit anyone with a passion for wildlife and a will to engage in challenging and insightful discussions.

This course will close for enrolment 2 days prior to the start date

Programme details


Mechanisms of human-wildlife conflict: livestock depredation, crop raiding, wildlife attacks

Tea/coffee break

Management and mitigation of human-wildlife conflict

Lunch break

Overexploitation: bushmeat hunting, wildlife used in traditional medicine

Tea/coffee break

Exotic pet trade, wildlife tourist attractions

Course disperses


Description Costs
Tuition fee (includes tea/coffee) £85.00
Baguette £6.10


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Dr Joanna Bagniewska


Joanna Bagniewska is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sciences at Brunel University London. She received her doctorate from the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) at the Oxford University Department of Zoology. She is also the author of The Modern Bestiary: A Curated Collection of Wondrous Creatures (2022).


Accommodation is not included in the price, but if you wish to stay with us the night before the course, then please contact our Residential Centre.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email res-ctr@conted.ox.ac.uk for details of availability and discounted prices.