Despite the current uncertainties, we are planning our PhD course on “Global Perspectives on Adaptive Wildlife Management”, including a 16-day field trip at the Nsasani trust campus in Kruger National Park in January 2021. This course is co-organized with the Nsasani Trust (Karen Vickers) and Nelson Mandela University (Graham Kerley) and consists of a mixture of lectures, field trips and group work. We organized this course early 2019, which was a great success and it received an award for Best PhD course at SLU.

A key aspect of the course is diversity, in terms of topics and disciplines, but also diversity of students. We are aiming at having about 50% European and 50% (South) African postgraduate students (ideally PhD but MSc also ok for SA students). To facilitate this we are able to offer this course without a course fee to a limited number of South African students. Interested students need to apply before 15th of September 2020. The only thing that they would need to cover is travel to Jo’burg (where the course will start) or Hazyview and a contribution to accommodation and food costs while in Kruger. However, we want a nice mix of students and don’t want financial constraints to limit student participation. Please note that there are also obligatory parts in Sweden in December 2020 and February 2021, which students can join via video-conferencing.

SLU’s research school ECOS (Ecology and Society), in collaboration with the Nsasani Trust in South Africa, are offering an exciting PhD course on “Global Perspectives on Adaptive Wildlife Management”. This course aims to bring together students from European and South African universities to jointly analyze and contrast global wildlife management challenges, and learn about how the adaptive management framework can be used to manage these challenges.

It is a highly interdisciplinary course covering broad fields such as political science and ecology, and students will be interacting with a diverse group of European and South African scientists and wildlife managers. The core part of the course is a 16-day field trip to the Nsasani trust’s educational campus in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Application deadline is 15 September 2020. Make sure not to miss this deadline because the number of student spots in this course is limited. Please note there is no course fee.

More information can be found on the course flier and on