Oscar Hartman Davies


Geography (2019 cohort)

I am an environmental and cultural geographer interested in the role of various sensing practices and technologies in the monitoring and management of complex socio-ecological systems. My research examines how environmental sentinels and indicators (‘canaries in the coal mine’) and cognate notions in non-Western ontologies are known, mobilised and contested by different epistemic communities in the context of resource controversies in north-eastern Canada. Conceptually I draw on a range of resources from more-than-human and material geographies, multispecies approaches in anthropology and the environmental humanities, as well as insights from science and technology studies.           

I completed an MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance at the University of Oxford in 2018, where I was awarded the dissertation prize for my research on urgency and anticipatory management on the Great Barrier Reef. This research also received the runner up postgraduate dissertation prize from the RGS Planning and Environment Research Group. I hold a BA in Geography from Oxford, for which I was awarded the Gibbs Prize for outstanding performance.

In the intervening year between my MSc and DPhil I helped set up a grassroots conservation organisation, Young Wilders, with three enthusiastic fellow ‘wilders’. Our first project is underway in the High Weald AONB.