Jared profileDr Jared Margulies

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Contact Details:
Telephone:0114 222 1653
Room: Elmfield Lodge
Email: j.margulies@sheffield.ac.uk
Twitter: @jaredmargulies
Personal Website: www.jaredmargulies.com


Jared joined the department in October 2017 as a postdoctoral research fellow with the BIOSEC project, which seeks to understand the linkages between biodiversity conservation, environmental crime, and global security. Jared is working with Professor Rosaleen Duffy in the Department of Politics.

Jared completed his PhD in Geography and Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the summer of 2017. His dissertation examined why tolerance for living with large wildlife appears to be in decline in South India, and the role of the state in managing contestations between humans and wildlife through processes of territorialization. Jared conducted his primary dissertation fieldwork in India with the support of a Fulbright-Nehru Grant in 2015-2016 based at the borders of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala states in the Western Ghats.


To date, Jared’s research has examined the multispecies politics of conservation governance in South India. In practice, this research drew on a diversity of research methods including institutional and multispecies ethnography, textual analysis, participatory photography, and discourse analysis. His dissertation examined the production of ‘human-wildlife conflict’ as a discourse mobilized for managing human-environment relations in response to violent encounters between humans, wildlife, and the state apparatuses responsible for managing wildlife territory. His dissertation in part drew on an Althusserian framework for understanding the role of the state in managing these conflicts.

Jared was previously a research assistant on a $1.9 million National Science Foundation project, GLOBE, where he conducted research on novel workflows in land change science for rapid-geospatial analysis and geographically-explicit knowledge synthesis. Jared has published in such journals as The Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Geoforum and Conservation and Society.

Jared now leads BIOSEC Work Package 5 – Consuming Wildlife: environmental crime, security and biodiversity protection. He is currently researching the political contestations within the global trade in rare and endangered succulent plants through a multispecies ethnographic lens. His research spans disparate locations across Mexico, the United States, Europe, and Brazil, where he is exploring the web of relations formed between scientists, conservationists, plant collectors and growers, policy makers, and law enforcement agencies.

Research interests:

  • Political ecology and environmental politics of the state
  • Political geography of the environment
  • Wildlife and biodiversity conservation
  • Creative research methodologies
  • Plant and animal geographies

Margulies JD and Karanth KK (2018) The production of human-wildlife conflict: a political animal geography of encounter. Geoforum, 95, 153-164.

Margulies JD and Bersaglio B (2018) Furthering post-human political ecologies. Geoforum, 94, 103-106.

Margulies JD (2018) The conservation ideological state apparatus. Conservation and Society. 16(2), 181-192.

Margulies, J.D., Magliocca, N., Schmill, M., Ellis E.C. (2016). Ambiguous geographies: connecting case study knowledge with global change science. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 106(3), 572-596.

Poulsen, M., Kim, B., Margulies, J., Dix, K., Palmer, A., Nachman, K. (2014). Urban Community Gardeners’ Knowledge, Perceptions, and Information Sources about Soil Contaminant Risks. PLoS ONE, 9(2), e87913.

Margulies, J. (2012). No-Till agriculture in the USA. Sustainable Agriculture Reviews, Volume 9, 11-30.

Love, D. C., Breaud, A., Burns, S., Margulies, J., Romano, M., & Lawrence, R. (2012). Is the three-foot bicycle passing law working in Baltimore, Maryland? Accident Analysis & Prevention, 48, 451-456.

Professional Service

Jared is a contributor to the People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI), an online public archive documenting the daily lives of rural Indians. He recently curated a series of photo-essays for PARI on life around Bandipur National Park in Karnataka, entitled “The Book of Bandipur.” This work has been highlighted in Indian news outlets including The Hindu, The Indian Express, and The Wire.

Jared has previously consulted for The Nature Conservancy and The National Wildlife Federation. He has reviewed papers for Geoforum, Political Geography and Conservation Letters.

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