David’s project follows practices of forest management in Sierra Leone. At the nexus of forest conservation, natural resource management and local subsistence agriculture, these practices transform Sierra Leone’s forest ecologies and connect them to global capital flows. David is particularly interested in the various ways these transformations are being justified and accounted for in front of different fora. The research project illuminates human-forest relations in considering the moral dimensions of contradicting and overlapping representations of the forested landscape of Sierra Leone. By asking what futures for planetary health such representations entail, David engages in ecological anthropology’s shifts from ecology to ecologies to the planetary on the one hand, and from adaptation to translation to care on the other hand.

Currently, David is conducting fieldwork in Kono District, Eastern Sierra Leone.