My research interests focus on Amazonia, its peoples, cultures and past and future development.

The centre of my research has been based in Peru with indigenous communities on the Ucayali River. This work has including considerations of local social relations, notions of hierarchy and the indigenous people's interactions with the national and international economy, particularly in relation to the timber industry.

My research has also encompassed the spread of mechanised agriculture in the Brazilian Amazon and its effects on local people and economies, as well as connected environmental issues. While I have a growing interest in REDD+ schemes and the potential role of the Amazon in climate change mitigation policies.

My general research interests also include inter-ethnic relations, identity and rights.