Gabriela Valdivia

I examine the political ecology of 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 draw on critical resource geography and ethnography to examine environmental governance in Latin America, specifically Ecuador and Bolivia, where economic neoliberalization and volatile socio-political institutions have fueled intense struggles over natural resources. 

My most recent project, Crude Entanglements, draws on feminist political ecology and digital storytelling 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. 

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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