Broadly, my research analyzes the politics of industry-led environmental governance mechanisms in extractive resource sectors and traces the extent to which various local actors are (dis)enabled to participate in regulation activities associated with these mechanisms. My dissertation, Participatory Governance, Plant Disease, and Post-Neoliberalism, examined the uneven governing effects of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in Ecuador and how palm oil production is structured by industry interests in addition to national politics, protest, and ecological realities. As a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) postdoc at York, I will continue my work in Ecuador while also initiating a new project that looks at the transforming regulatory landscape of mining in Northern Canada.
Country(ies) or Region(s) of Specialization: Ecuador, Canada
Keywords: environmental governance; political ecology; materiality; palm oil; post-neoliberalism