Political Ecology researchers

The Political Ecology research group works with a wide variety of researchers including ISS faculty, post-docs, visiting researchers and PhD candidates.

ISS faculty and post-docs

  • prof.dr. (Murat) M Arsel

    I am Professor of Political Economy of Sustainable Development at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. My…
    prof.dr. (Murat) M Arsel
  • prof.dr. (Jun) SM Borras

    Saturnino ('Jun') M. Borras Jr. is Professor of Agrarian Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, and was the Editor-in…
    prof.dr. (Jun) SM Borras
  • (Zoe) ZW Brent

    Zoe holds an MA in International Relations from Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires where her thesis research focused on indigenous land rights in the…
    (Zoe) ZW Brent
  • dr. (Luisa) L Cortesi

    Luisa Cortesi is an environmental anthropologist who studies water disasters and climate change, environmental knowledge and technologies, environmental justice…
    dr. (Luisa) L Cortesi
  • prof.dr. (Andrew) AM Fischer

    Andrew Martin Fischer is Professor of Inequality, Social Protection and Development at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, part of Erasmus University…
    prof.dr. (Andrew) AM Fischer
  • dr. (Julien-Francois) JF Gerber

    Julien-François Gerber is Associate Professor of Environment and Development at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague. I’m broadly…
    dr. (Julien-Francois) JF Gerber
  • prof.dr. (Wendy) W Harcourt

    **Wendy Harcourt is Professor of Gender, Diversity and Sustainable Development at the International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University in The…
    prof.dr. (Wendy) W Harcourt
  • dr. (Roy) RBC Huijsmans

    Research agenda: My research is concerned with how children and young people are affected by and contribute to societal development and change. For this I have…
    dr. (Roy) RBC Huijsmans
  • dr. (Gerard) GTJ McCarthy

    I am Assistant Professor of Social Policy and Development here at ISS. My work focuses on the politics of development and inequality in Southeast Asia. I am…
    dr. (Gerard) GTJ McCarthy
  • dr. (Auma) LA Okwany

    I am Associate Professor of Social Policy at The International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam. My scholarship centers on the…
    dr. (Auma) LA Okwany
  • dr. (Helena) LH Perez Nino

    Dr. Helena Pérez Niño, Assistant Professor, ISS Erasmus University Rotterdam, conducts research on the political economy of development with special emphasis on…
    dr. (Helena) LH Perez Nino
  • (Christina) C Sathyamala

    (Christina) C Sathyamala
  • dr. (Tsegaye Moreda) TM Shegro

    Tsegaye Moreda is Assistant Professor of Agrarian and Rural Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS, The Hague) of Erasmus University…
    dr. (Tsegaye Moreda) TM Shegro
  • dr. (Agustina) A Solera

    I investigate processes of dialogue between cultures based on the idea of ‘Knowledge Dialogue'. My approach is sustained on interaction with different cultural…
    dr. (Agustina) A Solera
  • dr. (Oane) A Visser

    Oane Visser is Associate Professor in Agrarian Studies. His research interests revolve around: 1) new (digital) technologies in agriculture and development more…
    dr. (Oane) A Visser
  • (Yunan) Y Xu

    Yunan Xu is a Post-doctoral researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. She currently works for a…
    (Yunan) Y Xu

Visiting and affiliated researchers

Max Spoor - Emeritus Professor Development Studies
Cristóbal Kay - Emeritus Professor Development Studies
Ashwani Saith - Emeritus Professor Rural Economics
Ben White - Emeritus Professor Rural Sociology
Marc Wuyts - Emeritus Professor Quantitative Applied Economics
Mahmoud Messkoub
Myint Zaw
Monica Grau Sarabia EMPOWER project
Zeynep Benlisoy
Yukari Sekine

PhD researchers

Ana Lucia Badillo

Social protection in Ecuador and Paraguay

Emma Lynn CantalConvergence amidst diversity: The political economy of residualist models of social protection in Cambodia and the Philippines
Benedict YeyugsahThe political economy of social protection expansion in Africa in the context of broader struggles for development policy autonomy 
Nguyet Dang BaoThe Political economy of cross border agricultural wage labour: ethnic minority Vietnamese working in farms in Southern China
Kwalu Samwel DedeThe Exclusive breast feeding dilemma in Tanzania. A case study of Dodoma Region
Cecile Fameree

Collective action revisited in cases of land grabs in the Peruvian Jungle: Reactions from below, transparency and the role of the state

Corrine Lamain

Conflicting securities: socio-environmental conflicts. Climate security debates and climate mitigation

Martha Jane Robbins Food sovereignty and the politics of food system localization
Salena TramelResource control grabs from the landscape level and political reactions
Ana Portocarrero LacayoClimate change adaptation and food insecurity in Nicaragua: Discourses, power, resistance, transformation
Umut Kocagoz

Authoritarian regime in relation to peasant politics: the case of hazelnut farmers in Turkey

Amod ShahThe politics and political possibilities of India’s anti-coal struggles

Amaya Bayne

Women, indignity, knowledges and power in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Claudia Rodriguez Orrego The political economy of judicialization of welfare reform in Colombia
Daglha DuoSocial policy, ageing, and elderly care in Tibetan areas in western China in the context of rapid socioeconomic transformation and marginalization

David Sabogal Habedank

Artisanal mining and indigenous livelihoods in the Peruvian Amazon
Daniela Pessoa de Goes CalmonGlobal politics of dispossession and the Amazon/Cerrado frontier
Milja FengerReproductive freedom in the context of environmental justice

Nina Swen

Community-based environmental monitoring in the Amazon
Constance DupuisAging and ecological wellbeing

Julia Quaedvlieg

The green commodity frontier in the Amazon: A critical analysis of sustainable cacao production among Peruvian Amazon smallholders

Emmanuel Otto OmonyGovernance and social accountability in the provision of family planning in post-conflict Northern Uganda
Annah Kamusiime

Discourses of young motherhood: Weaving representations with subjectivity, performativity and young mothers’ agency

Jimmy Mugisha

Governance of adolescent sexual reproductive health services in a refugee context: A comparative study of two refugee nationalities in Uganda

Haris Zargar

Exploring the interface between land reform and political Islam: A case study of Kashmir’s agrarian reforms of 1950s and 1970s

Itayosara Rojas HerreraLand regime change and commodities rushes: Frontier making processes in protected areas in the Colombian Amazon
Moges Belay Bantie

Contemporary global commodity/land rushes and how these (re)shape the politics of food, labour and migration, climate, state-society relations and geopolitics in Ethiopia

Luciana dos Santos Duarte Ontologies and social technologies in global value chains of rubber materials for fashion in the Western Amazon
Xueting Liang 
Drumo ZhoumaojiEconomic involvement of rural Tibetan women in contemporary Amdo and the transitions in their lives
Lorenza Arango VasquezInteractions between contemporary commodity/land rushes and the politics of food, labour (and migration) and citizenship in Colombia
Vincenzo Fucci

Investigating the realization of an eco-social turn in Latin America as an alternative development model

Wenxiao Hou 
Fatema Baheranwala 


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