David’s PhD project “Sustaining life and ecology in eastern Sierra Leone’s Forests” looks into human-forest entanglements in Sierra Leone by inquiring into the social and economic forms and moral dimensions of sustaining ecology, life and subjectivation. For this, he probes how inhabitants of eastern Sierra Leone’s forested landscapes, care, cultivate and foster – but also control, exploit and destroy – ecological relations in striving for well-being. David unfolds the multiplicity of moralizations of ecological relations by following the negotiations and reworkings of structurations of subsistence farming, logging and mining – those fields of practice forest dwellers navigate to sustain lives and ecology.

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