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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; #commoning and other property relations; #epistemic colonialism and other feminist fields of study

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Research Interests

Political ecology; Ethnography; Participatory methodologies; Post-development; Agroecology; Subsistence livelihoods; Indigenous and social movements; Biogenetic resource politics; 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.

Education/Academic qualification

Independent Studies/Philosophy, Degree, Lancaster University


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


Genetics and Society, MA, Lancaster University


Philosophy (MRes), MSc, University of Edinburgh



  • 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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    Childcare and Academia: an Intervention

    Hope, J., Lemanski, C., Bastia, T., Moeller, N. I., Meth, P. & Williams, G., 2 Jan 2020, In : International Planning Development Review.

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    How indigenous people in the Amazon are coping with the coronavirus pandemic

    Moeller, N. I. & Pedersen, J. M., 27 Apr 2020, The Conversation.

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