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Accepting PhD Students
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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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: subsistencematters.net
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.
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):
The Protection of Traditional Knowledge in the Ecuadorian Amazon: A Critical Ethnography of Capital Expansion, Doctorate
2005 → 2010
Award Date: 1 Mar 2011
Genetics and Society, MA, Lancaster University
2004 → 2005
Award Date: 1 Jun 2005
Philosophy (MRes), MSc, University of Edinburgh
2002 → 2004
Award Date: 30 Jun 2004
Independent Studies/Philosophy, Degree, Lancaster University
1999 → 2002
Award Date: 30 Jun 2002
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