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My research explores economic subjectivities in lowland South America, specifically how broader economic forms interweave with personhood, morality, sociality and religion in daily life.

In Venezuelan Amazonia, I looked at how the indigenous Sanema understood subject formation and ethical personhood within a complex patchworks of overlapping economies, including an oil economy, a socialist revolution, an informal gold mine, and the animist cosmos. The book emerging from this research, entitled Predatory Economies, explores a world in which laptop computers, urban bustling streets, non-indigenous invaders, state administration, quotas of petrol, and the global desire for gold all coexist in a mosaic of new economies that the Sanema integrate into existing schemas of trickery, seduction and extraction.

Expanding on my expertise on native Amazonia, my new research explores what I describe as ‘Wildcat Economics’; the intersection of formal and informal economic spheres in prospector gold mining sites in lowland Peru. Building on my research on energy and extraction, I have recently been awarded a two-year British Academy Knowledge Frontiers grant (as P-I) that explores ‘Energy Resilience’ in Brazilian Amazonia with an interdisciplinary team (anthropology, engineering, law and history) based both in the UK and Brazil. 

I received my PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2015. Since then I have held a postdoc at the Institute of Latin America Studies (ILAS), a teaching post at the University of Manchester and a Marie Curie fellowship at the University of Copenhagen. I joined the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at Bristol in 2019. 

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Cabot Institute Low Carbon Energy Research
  • Amazonia
  • Resource Extraction
  • Indigenous peoples

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