Gabriela Valdivia

I use a political ecology approach to examine natural resource governance: how states, firms, and civil society appropriate and transform resources to meet their interests, and how capturing and putting resources to work transforms cultural and ecological communities. I focus mainly on Latin America, specifically Ecuador and Bolivia, where economic neoliberalization and volatile socio-political institutions have fueled intense struggles over natural resources. 

My digital storytelling project, Crude Entanglements, draws on feminist political ecology to examine the Ecuadorian oil chain. The project conveys life and oil in two sites of the oil complex in Ecuador: oilfields in the Amazon and oil refining in the city of Esmeraldas. 

I am also the co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Critical Resource Geography, a guide to the study of resources that offers a toolkit for documenting, analyzing, and reimagining resources and their worlds.

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Center for Galapagos Studies

Center for Urban and Regional Studies

Institute for the Environment

Institute for the Study of the Americas

Institute for the Arts and Humanities





Class of 1989 William C. Friday Distinguished Professor