Academic Background

I am a human geographer with an interdisciplinary background in environment and development and a regional specialism in Latin America.  The overall aim of my work is to engage political ecology to understand the nature and dynamics of socio-ecological change in the global South and its relationship with poverty and social exclusion.  Much of my work focuses on water politics and governance.

I hold a MA (Hons) in Hispanic Studies from the University of Glasgow, a MSc in Environmental Issues in Latin America from the University of London, and a DPhil in Geography from the University of Oxford.  I joined UEA in 2013 with 18 years’ experience of academic and policy research, five of which have been spent in South America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru), including internships at INPA in Brazil and ECLAC in Chile.  I am fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and publish my work in these languages where possible in order to reach Latin American audiences.  I also have field experience in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa and Zambia.

Before joining UEA, I was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Geography and Development Studies at the University of Manchester, and a Lecturer in the Geography Departments at the Open University and the University of Reading. 

At UEA, I am a member of the UEA Water Security Research Centre, for which I served as Director from 2014 to 2017. 

I am a core member of the team developing and delivering the BA Geography and International Development.  I convene and teach the main part of the following 20 credit modules:

  • Introduction to Human Geography (DEV-4007B)
  • Human Geography Field Course: Chile (DEV-5016B)
  • Political Ecology (DEV-7033B)
  • Water Security Practice (DEV-7041B)

I also teach parts of the following 20 credit modules:

  • Urban Geographies (DEV-6010B)
  • Contemporary Issues in Development Practice (DEV-7052B)

In addition, I supervise undergraduate and master's dissertations in areas related to the above modules, and sit on the extenuating circumstances panels for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students with interests in one or more of the following: socio-ecological change, poverty and development, political ecology, water resources, extractive industries, hydroelectric power, urban informal settlements (especially water and sanitation), interdisciplinary social-natural science environmental studies, Latin America. 

Completed PhD students:

Daniela Sánchez, 'Mineral Extraction in a Plurinational State: Commodification and Resource Governance of the Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia', UEA, 2013-17

Jim McGinlay, ‘Policy and Practice in the Conservation of Floodplain Meadows in England’, Department of Environment, Earth and Ecosystems and Department of Geography, The Open University, 2009-13 (now research fellow at Cranfield University)

Jean Carlo Rodríguez de Francisco, ‘Power, Peasant Livelihoods and Payment for Watershed Environmental Services in the Andes’, Irrigation and Water Engineering Group, Wageningen University, 2009-13 (now researcher at German Development Institute)

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