Personal profile

Research overview

I am a political ecologist who extends political ecology’s concern for environmental justice with geographical treatments of infrastructure and materiality. My current project investigates how new roads in the Amazon change environmental knowledges and politics, using these roads as a new conceptual entry point for understanding the global sustainable development project.


Completed projects investigated the early-take of the SDGs in Bolivia (a place where there are both intensifying commitments to resource extraction and radical alternatives) and the political ecology of post-neoliberalism in Bolivia (specifically, the TIPNIS).


I was previously a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowship at the University of Bristol, Lecturer at the University of Cambridge & Teaching Fellow at UCL. I was awarded my PhD in 2015 from the Global Development Institute (GDI), University of Manchester, where I was supervised by Prof Dan Brockington & Dr Tanja Bastia


Within the School of Geography & Sustainable Development I am:

Deputy Director of the Sustainable Development Masters

Co-chair of EDI (with Dr Michael Simpson)

Co-lead of GOSSIP with Prof Jo Sharp, Dr Ife Okafor-Yarwood & Dr Mike Simpson

The Human Geography Representative for the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science

Outside of St Andrews I am:

Associate Editor at Geoforum

A member of the new Editorial Board for Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

Trustee, Conflict and Environment Observatory

1 Sept 2019 → …

Committee Member, Latin American Geographies Working Group , Royal Geographical Society

1 Sept 2019 → …


20 Jan 2019 → …

Chair, Development Geographies Research Group, Royal Geographical Society

1 Sept 2017 → …


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