Prof Frank Matose is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and a Co-Director of the Environmental Humanities South Centre at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. His research interests are in environmental sociology with a particular focus on Southern Africa, placing emphasis on the intersection of local people, the state, capital, forest and resource conservation, and the political economy of protected areas. Interests in these areas are informed by intellectual projects around environmental governance, social justice, and commons in Africa. He is a past board member of the International Association for the Study of Commons (IASC, 2006-2012) and a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of the Commons. Frank is also a member of International Sociological Association (ISA), in which he is active in the Environment and Society Committee (RC24). He has a forthcoming monograph titled Politics of Chronic Liminality: Forests and the power of the marginalised in Southern Africa and an edited volume titled The violence of conservation in Africa: State, militarisation and alternatives (with Maano Ramutsindela and Tafadzwa Mushonga, Edward Elgar Publishing).