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Mr Michael Overton

PhD student

Governing wildness: the more-than-human politics of rewilding landscapes



  • 2011-2014: BSc. in Geography at Sheffield Hallam University
  • 2014-2016: Business/Sales (London/Dubai)
  • 2016-2018: MSc. (Res.) in Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University
  • 2018-2019: Fundraising (The Woodland Trust)
  • 2019-Present: PhD in Geography


  • BSc. in Geography at Sheffield Hallam University (First Class, Winford Rosser Prize)
  • MSc. by research in Cultural Anthropology (Nieboer Prize)


  • Policy Paper “Rewilding England”, The Wilberforce Society (under review Feb 2022)
  • Article “Passive Rewilding: A case for more trees on peat and fewer species reintroductions”, ECOS (under review Feb 2022)
  • Personal Blog:


My research focuses on rewilding and the novel ways in which conservation practice and discourse is moving towards more open-ended approaches.

Addressing rewilding drivers and outcomes through three interrelated landscape themes, traditional conservation and land management, new rewilding practices and ecological change, and animal disease and biosecurity, this project reveals how rewilding can present both challenges and opportunities for animals and people.

I explore the interplay between landscape economics, conservation science and practice, veterinary disease logics, and wildlife populations and individuals which regularly have both a disruptive and constitutive influence on desired rewilding trajectories.

This study is grounded in relations between humans and wildlife in the Oder Delta, Germany/Poland.