Bastian Thomsen is a DPhil student in anthropology with a research focus in environmental anthropology, anthrozoology, science and technology studies (STS), and multi-species livelihoods. He is based at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (ISCA) at the University of Oxford.
His doctoral project is a multi-species, multi-sited ethnography exploring how to mitigate conflict between competing human stakeholders, as well as humans and large-carnivores, such as grey wolves (Canis lupus) in the Cascadia bioregion of the Pacific Northwest, North America. It explores the socio-cultural, economic, and environmental factors that inhibit or facilitate co-existence between species, seeking to construct a multi-species livelihoods framework for conservation management.
Prior to joining ISCA, Bastian completed a PhD in Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation at Central Queensland University, Australia, focusing on the ‘social’ dynamics that promote sustainability. He holds a Master of Science in International Management from Kedge Business School, France, an International Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, US, and Bachelor’s of Arts in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Idaho, US.
Bastian is an Assistant Professor of International Social Entrepreneurship at Boise State University in Idaho, United States. He co-established and co-leads Boise State’s Global Scholars Program with his wife Dr Jennifer Thomsen, which takes undergraduate and graduate students internationally to work on applied ethnographic service-learning projects with environmental nonprofit organizations.
Research Interests: Environmental anthropology; Science and technology studies; Anthrozoology; Multi-species ethnography; Multi-sited ethnographic methods; Social Entrepreneurship; Social Innovation; Applied anthropology
Thomsen, Bastian, Olav Muurlink, and Talitha Best. (2018). The political ecology of university-based social entrepreneurship ecosystems. Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, 12(2), 199-219.
Thomsen, Jennifer and Bastian Thomsen. (2019). Integrating fieldwork, consultancy, and global learning: The Boise State University Global Scholars Program Experience. Forthcoming in Tian, R. G., Jiao, Y., & Van Marrewiik, A. H. (Eds.), General Business Anthropology. Miami, FL: North American Business Press.
Andreasson, Tobias, Linda De George-Walker, Veronika Simic, and Bastian Thomsen. A Guide to Social Innovation in the Curriculum. Central Queensland University, May 1, 2019.
Thomsen, Bastian, Olav Muurlink, and Talitha Best. (2018). Social Entrepreneurship Education: Global Experiential Learning and Innovation in Enactus. In Annals of Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy – 2018 (1st ed., Vol. 3, Annals of Entrepreneurship Education, pp. 308-313). Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar. doi:10.4337/9781788114950