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 Kieran O'Mahony

Kieran O'Mahony

Research student, School of Geography and Planning

Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA


I am a researcher with an interdisciplinary background in sociology, conservation and geography. Currently, my PhD focuses on feral rewilding and the politics of unofficial wildlife, explored primarily through the case of wild boar in England.

Broadly speaking, I am interested in the material politics, ecologies and practices bound up within human-nonhuman relations. This extends from the complexities of knowing and living with wild-lives, particular those seen as problematic, through to our negotiations with precarious and transient natural/cultural habitats. Past and Current work/research relates to:

- Ecological restoration and Rewilding

- Participatory and community participation in environmental/conservation management strategies

- Ecological monitoring and conservation of large mammals and avifauna

- Relationships between humans and companion animals


MSc Environmental Management (Countryside and Protected Area Management). Birkbeck (University of London). 2013

BA Sociology (in African and Asian Studies). University of Sussex. 2003.

Research interests


O’Mahony, K. Corradini, A and Gazzola, A (2018) Lupine Becomings: Tracking and assembling Romanian wolves through multi-sensory fieldwork. Society and Animals. 26(2). Forthcoming

O’Mahony, K (2017) Wild boar in the Dean- Welcome back? ECOS- A review of conservation. 38(1).

Conference Papers

O'Mahony, K- Communities, publics, responsibilities: the problematic nature of England's wild boar strategy. 12th International Symposium on Wild Boar and Other Suids. Lazne Belohrad, Czech Republic. Sept 2018.

O'Mahony, K- Digging up the past: material memories in flourishing swinescapes. RGS-IBG Annual Conference. Cardiff University. Aug 2018.

O'Mahony, K- Upturned places: material and temporal change in (re)introduced swinescapes. Animal Geography Workshop. Nottingham University. June 2018.

O’Mahony, K- Contested Knowledges and Participation in Governing Unsanctioned Wild-life. RGS-IBG Annual Conference. London. Sept 2017.

O’Mahony, K- Catching up with wildlife: the contested politics of reintroduced wild boar in England. The Value of Life Conference. Wageningen. June 2017.

O’Mahony, K- (Re)Introducing Ruralities- Rewilding and the Nature of Place. RGS-IBG Annual Conference. London. Sept 2016.

O’Mahony, K- Where the Wild Things Are: Living with Governing Wild Boar. ESRC Welsh Human Geography Postgraduate Conference. Aberystwyth. Mar 2016.

Organisation (Conferences/ Conference sessions)

Everyday landscape of memory (Co-convener with Amy Walker and Dr. Kate Boyer). RGS-IBG Annual Conference. Cardiff University. Aug 2018

Decolonising Wild-life: Critical geographies of Rewilding (Co-convener with Cara Clancy, Dr Kim Ward and Dr Sophie Wynne-Jones). RGS-IBG Annual Conference. London (Royal Geographic Society). Sept 2017

RGS Postgraduate Mid-Term Conference (Member of co-organising committee). Cardiff University. April 2017


The Global Countryside module (BA Human Geography). Guest Lecturer/ Field Trip Leader (on Rewilding/ Reintroductions). Cardiff University. 2017/18

Contemporary Issues in Hong Kong module (BA Human Geography/Planning). Guest Lecturer (on Nature, environment and conservation in Hong Kong)/ Field Trip Assistant. Cardiff University. 2016/17 and 2017/18.

Developing Research Methods I module (BA Human Geography). Seminar Leader (on Mobile and Sonic Methods). Cardiff University. 2017/18.

Study Skills module (BA Human Geography). Seminar Leader. Cardiff University. 2016/17.

The Conservation of Species and Habitats module (MSc Environmental Management). Guest Lecturer (on Feral Rewilding). Birkbeck. 2016/17.


Where the Wild Things Are - Living With Governing Wild Boar

Start date: October 2015 Primary funding source: ESRC Studentship

My PhD looks at the implications of the return of wild boar to the British Countryside. Primarily, it uses the case of the Forest of Dean to explore the ways in which these once extirpated animals are re-assembling and altering understandings of place by creating new material and temporal relations within and around the forest. Engaging with a range of literature on environmental governance, knowledge and power, biosecurity, mobility, and more-than-human geographies, the project hopes to contribute to broader discussions around rewilding, changing conservation practices, and ethical questions about the ways in which societies categorise, live with and manage feral and wild-life.

Funding source

ESRC Studentship

Dr Jonathan Prior

Dr Jonathan Prior

Lecturer in Human Geography