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 candidate usually receives. Retrospective, I can say, that preparing answers for those typical questions made me reflect on my research methods, results, recommendations and the most impactful citations big time. It was quite educative to go through this preparatory phase, especially to reinforce the main findings and conclusions of my dissertation.
Well, at the end, I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation titled “Surviving ‘Development’ – Rural development interventions, protected area management and formal education with the Khwe San in Bwabwata National Park, Namibia”. The actual event took place online via Zoom in the afternoon, considering that the opponent was participating from the USA with a considerable time-zone difference.
I am really grateful for Adjunct Professor Robert Hitchcock, University of New Mexico (USA), who accepted the role of the opponent and to Professor Anja Nygren, University of Helsinki, who served as the custos.
My dissertation is also available in electronic format through the University’s e-thesis service: https://helda.helsinki.fi/handle/10138/318403