Eszter Krasznai Kovàcs
PhD Candidate. Funding: Gates Trust Cambridge
Eszter studies the political ecology of biodiversity conservation through direct incentives in the European Union and Hungary.
- Candidate for: PhD, Department of Geography, Cambridge, 2010 – present
- MPhil in Environment, Society and Development – 2009 - University of Cambridge
- Masters Environmental Law – 2008 – University of Sydney
- B Science (Advanced, Honours) – 2007 – University of Sydney
- Worts Travelling Scholars Fund 2011
- Philip Lake Fund 2011
- Gates Trust Scholarship 2008, 2009-2013
- Half Blue, University of Cambridge, 2009 & 2010
- Blue, University of Sydney 2007
- Academic Excellence Scholarship, University of Sydney 2006
My research interests are varied. I started research in field ecology and moved into environmental law and policy-making in Australia, focusing on community-based natural resource management. My underlying motivation for engaging in these disparate fields was the common theme of the research-implementation and theory-practice 'gap' in conservation and environmental management.
My PhD focuses on these issues, as I study the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of agri-environmental measures, and particularly High Nature Value (HNV) programmes in Hungary. I investigate the interaction and evolution of agricultural and conservation policy agendas at EU and national scales, and in particular how international ideas of rurality and conservation have sought to change farmhold management and decision-making. I focus in particular on the practices and expectations the state and landholders have of auditing, as this official process is central to farmers' interaction with the state on a yearly basis. By building on the 'lived realities' of these experiences, I draw on political ecology approaches to understand and question what accession and 'Europeanisation' has meant for conservation and farmer's rights in Hungary.
Publications and presentations
- Kovacs, E.K., Bose, A., (in review) Flirting with Boundaries: Gender Performed in the Field
- Kovacs, E.K., (2012) "What is the Great Bustard made of, gold?": Conservation on agricultural lands in Hungary, Political Ecology Seminar presentation, University of Cambridge
- Kovacs E. K., Crowther, M., Webb, J., Dickman, C., (2012) Population and behavioural responses of native prey to alien predation, Oecologia 168: 947-957.
- Kovacs, E.K., (2012) Lived experiences of agricultural auditing, Conference seminar and presentation at Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, February 28, New York.
- Kovacs, E.K., (2010) Participation in conservation practice in Eastern Europe: Challenges and opportunities for activism in research, Royal Geographical Society-IBG Annual Conference, 1-3 September 2010.
- Kovacs, E.K., (submitted, 2010) Experts in science and law, Environmental Planning and Law Journal
- Supervision Tutor, Part IA, University of Cambridge, 2011 -
- Guest Lecturer, Biodiversity governance and law, November 2011, University of Corvinus, Budapest
- Demonstrator, Part I Tripos, University of Cambridge, Easter Term 2010
- President, Cambridge University Australia and New Zealand Society 2012
- Green Officer, Sidney Sussex College MCR 2009-10, 2010-11
- 1sts Women's Fencing team, University of Cambridge, 2008-9, 2009-10
- Rower for Sidney Sussex College