C.O. Bliss (Cebuan)

Promovendus - Milieukunde

C.O. Bliss (Cebuan)

Heyendaalseweg 141


Postbus 9108

Cebuan is a PhD candidate with the Environmental Governance and Politics Group at the department of Geography, Planning and Environment. Her research seeks to explain the relationship and effectiveness of animal and biodiversity governance systems, assessing synergies and trade-offs using an Integrative Governance framework.

In particular, she is researching topics in conservation where there are conflicts between protecting individual animal health, welfare and rights on the one hand, and species, on the other. These conflicts are particularly pertinent in certain practices associated with biodiversity conservation: 'Invasive Alien' Species management, non-subsistence hunting, and rewilding. She analyses relationships between governance systems at all levels of governance, from the global to the local. At the national level, she currently focuses on the Netherlands, the UK, Kenya and South Africa.

Cebuan's research asks what transformative change for protecting biodiversity looks like, taking into consideration the normative debates between animal and environmental ethics.

She is a member of the Global Research Network animals and biodiversity think tank. In addition, she is part of the Earth System Governance (ESG) taskforce on biodiversity and is a coordinator of the ESG Early Career Researchers Committee.

Cebuan received her master's degree in Global Environmental Governance from Vrije University, Amsterdam. She studied for her BA in Politics at Durham University in the UK.