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    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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    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.

    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, University of Edinburgh


    Award Date: 30 Jun 2004

    Independent Studies/Philosophy, Degree, 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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