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Joseph Hobbs

College of Arts and Science

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Hobbs, Joseph

Hobbs’ current research interests involve indigenous peoples’ participation in national parks and other protected area projects (especially in the Middle East and Southeast Asia), indigenous peoples’ perceptions of sacred space, indigenous peoples’ cultivation of drug crops, the impacts of tourism on traditional cultures and belief systems, geographic dimensions of militancy, human trafficking, and the relationship between people and caves around the world. His most recent fieldwork and publications focus on the impacts of tourism and drought on the Bedouin of Egypt, and the relationships between desert nomads and acacia trees on the cultural landscapes of Egypt and Sudan. He is also writing the fourth edition of his textbook entitled “Fundamentals of World Regional Geography”.

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