Dr Karen Tucker

PHD(Bristol), MSC(Bristol), MSC(Bristol), BA(Bristol)

  • BS8 1TU


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Personal profile

Research interests

My research interests cluster around two sets of issues: the politics of knowledge in global governance and the use of new technologies to promote horizontal, participatory research. 

I am particularly interested in the connections and tensions between indigenous communities’ forms of knowledge and neoliberal rationalities, and the ways in which the marginalisation of indigenous and other subaltern knowledges can be countered.  Geographically, I focus mainly on Latin America, particularly Peru.

My current projects include:

- A book on the politics of indigenous communities’ traditional knowledge in the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and the new identities that are emerging through interactions between WTO policy-makers and civil society organisations  campaigning on these issues.

- A knowledge exchange project funded by the AHRC’s Research and Enterprise in Arts and Creative Technology (REACT) programme, which explores the ways in which internet technology can be fused with radio and mobile phone technology to promote participatory story-telling among forcibly sterilised women in Peru.  See: www.quipu-project.com and http://www.bris.ac.uk/media-library/sites/policybristol/documents/Briefing%2019%20-%20Quipu%20project%20update.pdf

I am a member of two university research institutes: the Cabot Institute and the Global Insecurities Centre.


Structured keywords and research groupings

  • International Development

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Research Output

  • 5 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 1 Chapter in a book

Non-verbal communication, emotions, and tensions in the co-production of memory: New perspectives from Peru and Colombia

Wilson Vasquez, G., Pinto Ocampo, M. T., Brown, M. D. & Tucker, K., 15 Jul 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Emotion, Space and Society.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Hierarchies, Erasures and Appropriations of Knowledge: Colonial Governmentality in the Global Governance of ‘Traditional Knowledge’

    Tucker, K., 13 Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press) Postcolonial Governmentalities: Rationalities, Violences and Contestations. Rowman & Littlefield

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

    Unraveling coloniality in international relations: Knowledge, relationality, and strategies for engagement

    Tucker, K., Sep 2018, In : International Political Sociology. 12, 3, p. 215-232 18 p., oly005.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    456 Downloads (Pure)


    • 3 Publication peer-review
    • 2 Editorial activity

    Antipode (Journal)

    Karen Tucker (Peer reviewer)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Routledge (Publisher)

    Karen Tucker (Editor)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    International Political Sociology (Journal)

    Karen Tucker (Peer reviewer)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Supervised Work

    (Re)Defining Sustainability: Belo Monte, São Luiz do Tapajós and Storylines of Resistance

    Author: Atkins, E., 25 Sep 2018

    Supervisor: Flint, A. (Supervisor) & Tucker, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Conversing with Island Mangroves: Towards a New Story of Humanity’s Relationship with the Earth

    Author: Sprague, T., 1 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Tucker, K. (Supervisor) & Pancost, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Governing global civil society : the WTO, NGOs and the politics of traditional knowledge and biodiversity

    Author: Tucker, K., 2011

    Supervisor: Weldes, J. (Supervisor) & Wyatt, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)