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Research interests

As a community-engaged political ecologist and development geographer, my research lies at the intersection of the politics of Indigenous knowledge, inter-cultural adult education, rural development policy, planning, and practice, and environmental governance. 

Current research projects include:

1. Indigenous Environmental Futures: a parternship research project focusing on Indigenous leadership in environmental governance, and exploring opportunities for co-learning across contexts in British Columbia (Canada) and the Northern Territory (Australia).  Funded by an Australia Research Council Discovery Early Career Reseasrch Award (DECRA).

2. Animating knowledges, shaping neo-extractivist interventions: Building on ongoing work in the Peruvian Andes (2010-), this project continues my collaborative research with a network of knowledge-sharers and inter-cultural adult educators known as kamayoq. This project explores how kamayoq intersect with mining-related community-based development projects.

3. Mapping the contributions of community reuse organizations to the circular economy: Led by Dr. Ruth Lane (Human Geography) and in collaboration with Prof. Carl Grodach (Urban Planning and Design), this project seeks to build our understanding of circular economies by detailing processes of re-valuation and re-acquisition. My component focuses on the nature of labour, training, and employment in community reuse organisations. The project is based on collaborative agreements with members of the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations.

Methodologically, I approach my research through community-engaged scholarship, meaning that my work addresses the ethical entanglements of conducting research in communities that are variably geopolitically positioned and often characterized by inequality and power imbalances. This approach is based on a variety of forms of engagement, from grounded participatory methods (e.g. previous work in Brazil and Nepal) and in-depth ethnographies (Peru), to ongoing collaborations and partnership research projects in (Canada, Peru, Australia). 

Supervision interests

I am not currently recruiting PhD students or accepting PhD applications.

Current supervision:

  • Hilman Fathoni: Powering last mile energy justice - the case of community-based renewable projects in rural and remote areas of Eastern Indonesia
  • Joelle Hervic: Exploring the new Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) Aboriginal self-determination strategy
  • Kavindra (Ravi) Paranage: Assembling modern water - The hydrosocial politics of water and development in the Mahaweli Development Project, Sri Lanka
  • Perdita Sonntag: Challenging Traditional Models of Youth Economic Empowerment Programming
  • Rhoda Darkwah: Urban political ecology of water management in Melbourne
  • Souvik Chakraborty: Democracy, Tribal Rights and Social Movements: Selective case studies from Odisha, India
  • Zheng Chin: Agonistic Planning in the Post-Political City

Monash teaching commitment

APG5628 Deconstructing Development (Master of International Development Practice and Master of Environment and Sustainability) - semester 1

APG5627 Political ecology: critical explanations for socio-environmental problems (Master of Envrionment and Sustainability and Master of International Development Practice) - semester 2. 

ENS5920 - Sustainability Research Project (Master of Envrionment and Sustainability) - semesters 1 and 2


I am a temporary settler with an English background, currently working on the traditional and unceded lands of the Kulin Nations, in the Melbourne area of Victoria, Australia. I moved to Melbourne in 2017, by way of Vancouver - the unceded lands of Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish peoples - in British Columbia (Canada). There, I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia, having compelted my PhD and MA in geography at UBC and the University of Victoria, respectively.

In conducting my research, I have worked in places as varied as the urban 'favelas' of São Paulo, the foothills of Nepal's Himalayas, the Sierra Sur of the Peruvian Andes, and rural communities in British Columbia, Canada.  I am grateful to have been invited by those communities to conduct collaborative research.

Research area keywords

  • Indigenous knowledges
  • Rural development
  • Critical development studies
  • Water governance
  • Environmental governance
  • Agrarian studies
  • Intercultural education
  • Livelihoods
  • Social mobilisation
  • Collective socio-economic organization
  • Collaborative planning
  • Community-based research


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