Career

I am a human geographer and political ecologist with an interdisciplinary background in environment and development and a regional specialism in Latin America.  

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, over five of which have been spent in South America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru), including internships at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA) in Brazil and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC/CEPAL) in Chile, and a visiting fellowship at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) in Brazil.  I am fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and both give guest lectures/seminars 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. 

Academic Background

The aim of my work is to understand how power relations shape, and become shaped by, the relationship between economic change, environmental governance, and social exclusion and inequality, in the Global South.  Much of my work has focused on the water sector, including water supply and sanitation, agriculture, mining, hydroelectric power, desalination, ecosystem services, and adaptation to climate change. 

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 research students: 

Dr María Daniela Sánchez López, 'Mineral Extraction in a Plurinational State: Commodification and Resource Governance of the Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia', PhD, UEA, 2013-17 (now research fellow at the University of Cambridge) 

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

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

Dr Luis Paulo Batista da Silva, Hidropolítica Sul-americana e a Bacia do Prata: O Lugar das Sub-bacias em Zonas de Fronteria Internacional, Visiting PhD student from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, UEA, 2014-15 (now Assistant Professor in Geography, Universidade Federal da Bahia)

Ms Paroma Wagle, MRes Social Sciences: International Development, UEA, 2014-15 (now PhD candidate at University of California-Irvine) 

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