Dr Maurice Beseng
My postdoctoral research role at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) examines the trade in donkey skins and part, and the associations between this trade and legal and illegal wildlife trade, exploring economic and geopolitical factor and trade networks. In particular, drawing from the notion of conservation geopolitics, this research aims to produce direct and indirect evidence of associations between donkey skin trade and the legal and illegal wildlife trade between Africa and China. My doctoral research examined the drivers of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and its impact on maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea focusing on Cameroon as a case study. It contributed towards an extensive categorisation of fisheries crime types in Cameroon and the transnational organised networks involved in the exploitation of fish maw (from endangered marine wildlife) from Cameroon to China.