Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    I will consider both desk or field based PhD projects in a wide range of transdisciplinary approaches to agroecology, food systems and environmental challenges, especially related but not limited to:

    #biogenetic resource politics (especially seeds);
    #subsistence livelihoods and agrarian change (especially in the Amazon);
    #climate and development finance;
    #uneven effects of sustainability/green transitions;
    #more-than-human relations (especially livestock);
    #commoning and other property relations;
    #epistemic colonialism and other feminist fields of study

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    Personal profile

    Research Interests

    Political ecology; Ethnography; Participatory methodologies; Agroecology; Subsistence livelihoods; Indigenous and social movements; Biogenetic resource politics; More-than-human relations; Climate and development finance; Commons; Traditional knowledge and IPRs; Amazon; Green economy; Property; Feminist epistemology.


    My academic background is in philosophy, sociology and anthropology.

    Since 2005 I have been working in the Amazon, with Kichwa communities and federations in the Upper Napo, Ecuador. I also maintain relations with Shipibo community leaders in the Ucayali, Peru and have worked in Latin America and Europe as a consultant to indigenous federations, NGOs, and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. I wrote my PhD on 'The Protection of Traditional Knowledge in the Ecuadorian Amazon: A Critical Ethnography of Capital Expansion ' (2010).

    Before I joined CAWR in October 2019, I was awarded two fellowships – Independent Social Research Foundation Fellow in the Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford (2016-2017), where I remain a Research Associate; and Marie Curie Research Fellow in the School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester (2017-2019). I am on the Advisory Board of the embryonic Real Food Campaign in the UK and on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Political Ecology.

    Additionally, I have been involved in a variety of social, cultural and political movements since the 1990s and I am passionate about herbal medicine and land-based education for children. Sometimes I tweet; my current research focus will be developed here:

    Vision Statement

    My overall vision is to create knowledge through and for action, for a life worth living for all.

    While the details remain to be ironed out collectively, this implies from the outset a world free of slavery and all other forms of oppression.
    More specifically to my current role, I seek to generate knowledge in collaboration with a diversity of others, to (1) expose processes of domination, and (2) create a more just and sustainable society by (3) transforming the dominant food (and water) systems.

    This basically means that I want to understand the status quo, articulate alternatives and elaborate pathways to get there.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    The Protection of Traditional Knowledge in the Ecuadorian Amazon: A Critical Ethnography of Capital Expansion, Doctorate


    Award Date: 1 Mar 2011

    Genetics and Society, MA, Lancaster University


    Award Date: 1 Jun 2005

    Philosophy (MRes), MSc, Philosophy, University of Edinburgh


    Award Date: 30 Jun 2004

    Independent Studies/Philosophy, Degree, Environmental Philosophy, Lancaster University


    Award Date: 30 Jun 2002


    • H Social Sciences (General)
    • International Development
    • Political Ecology
    • Interconnected Inequalities
    • Sustainability
    • GN Anthropology
    • Amazon
    • Ecuador
    • Intellectual Property
    • Ethnography
    • Green Transition
    • B Philosophy (General)
    • Knowledge
    • Property
    • Ethics


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