Research

My research centres on Amazonia: its peoples, cultures and past and future development.

My ethnographic research has been focused primarily in Peruvian Amazonia particularly with Ashaninka communities on the Ucayali River. This work has included considerations of local social relations, notions of hierarchy and indigenous people's interactions with the national and international economy, particularly in relation to the timber industry.

Beyond Peru 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.

My most recent research activities have focused on forest conservation initiatives and the potential role of the Amazon in climate change mitigation policies. This has included work in Bolivia on REDD+ but is now focused on the Purús-Manu Conservation Corridor with research projects based on collaborative methodologies (http://share-amazonica.org/eventseventos/).