You’re either part of the solution or you’re part of the problem.
As a critical cultural geographer, I use ethnographic methods to examine grassroots engagements with environmental issues. By exploring the cultural complexities and power dynamics of tensions surrounding the management and exploitation of natural resources, my research contributes to our understanding of the importance of relationships and networks—and the crucial role emotions play within these—in enabling and shaping various modes of environmental governance. I have studied Indigenous communities’ negotiations with and resistance to environmentally risky industrial expansion in New Caledonia, and various communities’ responses (New Caledonia, Malaysian Borneo, and the U.S.) to both rural and urban biodiversity conservation. Currently, I am focusing on American Indian-led resistance to oil pipelines.
PhD, Geography, Australian National University
MPhil, Environment & Development, University of Cambridge
BA, Conservation & Development, Amherst College