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Music and research

Music is an important expression of one’s identity and cultural belonging. It forms part of celebrations, language and communication, as well as it connects people together. Music could “pop up” in many ways during research. Not only to provide relaxation to a burned-out mind when writing scientific articles and grant proposals but also to remind […]

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Doctoral work? Defended!

Today is a special day. An important chapter, a five-years long chapter, of my life is coming to an end. I prepared a 20 minutes “lectio praecursoria” (a formal presentation of my research, accompanied by a PPT) and watched several other defences via Zoom to get familiar with the types of questions that the doctoral […]

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Surviving ‘Development’: Rural development interventions, protected area management and formal education with the Khwe San in Bwabwata National Park, Namibia

My doctoral dissertation was published in September 2020, available in the Digital Repository of the University of Helsinki (Helda) – Download PDF (11MB) Abstract: In the last three decades, southern African governments and non-profit organizations, following the narrative of poverty alleviation and integrated rural development, have initiated a variety of development interventions targeting the hunter-gatherer […]

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Attila Paksi

Doctoral Candidate at the University of Helsinki Doctoral Programme in Political, Soci­etal and Regional Change, and affiliated with the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)  Regional Representative (Europe) 2016-2020 – International Society of Ethnobiology  (http://www.ethnobiology.net/) Recently published: Heim, A., & Paksi, A. (2019). Low dietary diversity and its influencing factors among a San group in Namibia. (http://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-019-4408-8)Paksi, […]

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Socio-economic impacts of a national park on local indigenous livelihoods: The case of the Bwabwata National Park in Namibia

Paksi, A., & Pyhälä, A. (2018). Socio-economic impacts of a national park on local indigenous livelihoods: The case of the Bwabwata National Park in Namibia. Senri Ethnological Studies, 99, 197-214. Read (PDF): http://doi.org/10.15021/00009127 Abstract Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) is a conservation model that, contrary to the conventional top-down protected area management approach, aims to merge biodiversity […]

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“What makes you happy?” – Participatory Photography with an indigenous group in Namibia

The original article was published on the photovoice.org website, on the 8th of February 2018: https://photovoice.org/what-makes-you-happy-participatory-photography-with-an-indigenous-group-in-namibia/ As I used participatory photography with the Khwe San in Namibia quite successfully, I wrote the short blog post below to the PhotoVoice, a UK based charity that uses ethical photography to promote positive social change. The Article: Happiness, […]

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