Ecology matters - A UCPH research blog

This peer-reviewed research blog is an extension of CApE’s mission to promote research that reconceptualizes ecological thinking while directly engaging stakeholders and impacted communities. It takes as a starting point that an environmental crisis is upon us. New theoretical models and public policies are necessary to meet this moment. We welcome blog submissions on a wide range of topics related to ecology (see below). 

A Gaddi tribal girl grazing her buffalo above Dharamsala in the Western Indian Himalayas. Photo: Stephen Christopher


We encourage blog posts that are grounded in humanities research sensitive to the interplay of ecology, societies and cultures and  that communicate complex ideas in straightforward ways to the reading public. Each year, we publish 7-8 research posts and ecology-related conference/workshop reports at CApE and similar research initiatives at the University of Copenhagen.

The blog focus integrates perspectives on ecology from multiple disciplines, including environmental ethics, history and aesthetics, evolution, animal relatedness, the state, cultural adaptations, past and present impacts of climate change, tourism, tribal lifeways, and transformations in pastoralism, nomadism and agrarian practices (among other topics). We welcome diverse methodologies, including qualitative, quantitative, and theoretical frameworks.



This format is intentionally open to allow for different ways to communicate your research. Traditional blog posts are between 1,500-2,500 words and follow the citational style of your choice. Please include a bibliography. Pictures are also welcome, but please make sure to follow informed consent and copyright policy. It is best to include your own photographs from fieldwork. Blog posts should be written in an academic style that is jargon-free and can reach a wider audience. It is best to have several headings to break up the text. And make sure to have a thesis and supporting evidence. We welcome creative entries, including ‘notes from the field’, photo-heavy texts and collaborative works. British or American English are both accepted. And please provide social media handles that can help promote your blog.

If you have any questions about your potential blog post, or are ready to submit, please email Stephen Christopher at



Stephen with a Ladakhi donkey in 2018

Stephen Christopher is a Marie Curie postdoc at the University of Copenhagen. His dissertation research was conducted in the Himalayan Indian state of Himachal Pradesh among the Gaddi tribe. He has lived in India for seven years, mostly in Himalayan regions. His ecology-related research has appeared in the journals HIMALAYA, The Journal of Tribal Intellectual Collective India and a forthcoming edited volume. Since completing a PhD in 2018, he researches Japanese and Vietnamese new religions, the Tibetan diaspora and the business side of global Buddhism. His next position is as a Visiting Fellow at Nichibunken, a research center in Kyoto.