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Mr Michael Overton

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)


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

Addressing four interrelated landscape themes, traditional conservation, new rewilding practices, animal disease, and hunting, this project reveals how rewilding can present both challenges and opportunities for animals and people.

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

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