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 Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez

Lecturer in Human Geography / Planning (Environmental)

School of Geography and Planning

Email
gonzaleza1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 9646
Campuses
2.57, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

I have an interdisciplinary academic background with degrees in History (De Montfort University), War Studies (King's College London) and Human Geography (Royal Holloway, University of London). As a political geographer, I explore natural resource governance and conflict, social participation, environmental justice and sustainable development, particularly in Latin America and Africa. Underpinning my research is the exploration of how natural resources and environmental pollution generate injustice and inequality and how communities and other actors seek to address these issues.

I am currently a full time lecturer in Human Geography and Planning in the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University. I was awarded the post through Cardiff University's prestigious Darlithwyr Disglair (Brilliant Lecturers) scheme for early career academics.

Biography

Qualifications

PhD Human Geography, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2017. Thesis entitled: ‘Access, engagement, suppression, and empowerment: a political ecology of voice (PEV) study into Peruvian citizen ability and willingness to report Petroperu environmental pollution incidents.’

MA War Studies, King’s College London, 2010.

BA (Hons) History, De Montfort University, 2008.

Career

Lecturer in Human Geography / Planning (Environmental), Disglair (Brilliant) Lecture scheme, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, (2020-present).

Associate Lecturer in Human Geography and Environment, Department of Environment and Geography, University of York, 2018-2019.

Guest Lecturer, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, (2018).

Hourly Paid Lecturer, Royal Docks School of Business and Law, University of East London, (2017-1018).

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

Qualifications

Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education (TSLHE), University of York, 2019.

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), History, 2012.

Memberships

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), Higher Education Academy, 2019.

Society for Latin American Studies, 2019.

Peru Support Group, 2018-present.

Honours and awards

Funding awards

  • 2020 Disglair Development Funding, Cardiff University.
  • 2019 UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): International Academic Collaboration for Transformational Industry and its Social and Environmental Impacts. British Council and Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop funded participant.
  • 2019 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Petrochemical, Fossil Fuel, and Related Industries: Risk, Justice, and Mobilisation. Toxic Expertise Workshop, University of Warwick funded participant.
  • 2019 Staff Development Fund, Department of Environment and Geography, University of York. Used for conference participation.
  • 2019 Environment and Development: Shared 21st Century Sustainability Challenges. British Council and Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop funded participant.
  • 2016 Postgraduate Research Development Fund (PGRDF), Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London. For RGS-IBG 2016 Annual International Conference presentation.
  • 2016 Postgraduate Research Development Fund (PGRDF), Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London. For RGS-IBG Postgraduate Mid-Term Conference 2016 presentation.
  • 2015 University of London Postgraduate Funding. For Society for Latin American Studies Annual Conference 2016 presentation.
  • 2015 Postgraduate and Postdoctoral SLAS Conference Bursaries. For Society for Latin American Studies Annual Conference 2016 presentation.

Honours

  • 2014 Irene Marshall Scholarship Award, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London.
  • 2014 Paul Broome Development Research Prize, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Professional memberships

  • 2020 Environment Research Group, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University.
  • 2019 Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).
  • 2019- Society for Latin American Studies.
  • 2019 People, Place and Planet research group, Department of Environment and Geography, University of York.
  • 2018-19 Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC), University of York.
  • 2018- Peru Support Group. UK-based NGO that works with Peruvian groups and an international network to defend human rights, promote social inclusion and strengthen democracy.
  • 2012 Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), History.

Academic positions

2020: Lecturer in Human Geography / Planning (Environmental) (Disglair), School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University.

2019: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Environment and Geography, University of York (3 months). NERC funded project ‘Unconventional hydrocarbons in the UK energy system programme: challenge 1 assessing and monitoring the UK shale gas landscape.’

2018-19: Associate Lecturer in Human Geography and Environment, Department of Environment and Geography, University of York. Lectured on BA (Hons) Human Geography and BSc (Hons) Environment, Economics and Ecology and MEnv Human Geography and Environment degrees.

2018: Guest Lecturer, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London. Lectured on MA Understanding and Securing Human Rights.

2018: Hourly Paid Lecturer (HPL), Royal Docks School of Business and Law, University of East London. Lectured on MSc Oil and Gas Management.

Speaking engagements

Media engagement:

  • The natural resource curse and Niger Delta development (April 2017). The Talk Shop, SAFM. Radio show guest appearance to discuss my 2017 The Conversation article.
  • Oil, power and politics (March 2017) Drivetime show, Voice of Islam. Radio show guest appearance to discuss the above theme.

Invited academic presentations:

  • Gonzalez, A. (TBA 2021) Degradation, injustice and resistance; a study of Peruvian Amazon oil development through the political ecology of voice (PEV). Department of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool. Invited academic presenter at departmental seminar series.
  • Gonzalez, A. (January 2021) “A beggar sitting on a bench of gold”: a historical exploration of racism and environmental injustice in Latin America. School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities, De Montfort University. Invited academic presenter.
  • Gonzalez, A. (November 2019) Food glorious food? The environmental impacts of the agri-food system. York International Development Society, University of York. Invited academic presenter.
  • Gonzalez, A. (September 2019) Political economy of contested territories workshop. Panel 1: Natural resource governance. Department of Politics, University of York. Invited chair and discussant for Panel 1.
  • Gonzalez, A. (May 2019) Voiceless development, toxic injustice: a study of Peruvian natural resource extraction through the political ecology of voice (PEV) theoretical framework. Environmental Justice Panel. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Petrochemical, Fossil Fuel, and Related Industries: Risk, Justice, and Mobilisation, Toxic Expertise Workshop, University of Warwick. Invited academic presenter for Environmental Justice Panel.

Additional academic presentations:

  • Gonzalez, A and Brown. D. (June-July 2020) The illusion of participation; a comparative study of environmental injustice in Peru and Ethiopia. Extraction: Tracing the Veins. Virtual conference hosted by Massey University and the Wageningen University Centre for Space, Place and Society.
  • Gonzalez, A. (May 2020) Voice, justice and development. Environment Research Group, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University.
  • Gonzalez, A. (December 2019) Degradation, injustice and resistance; a study of Peruvian Amazon oil development through the political ecology of voice (PEV). Social Justice, Cities and Citizenship Seminar, School of Geography, University of Leeds.
  • Gonzalez, A. (November 2019) Food waste. Environment Society, University of York.
  • Gonzalez, A. (June 2019) Voiceless development, vocal conflict: Peru’s quest for rainforest oil. W78: Instability and transformation in global oil and natural gas landscapes: critical perspectives on hydrocarbon pasts and futures. Sustainable Geography – Geographies of Sustainability, Nordic Geographers Meeting (NGM), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway.
  • Gonzalez, A. (June 2019) “Criminality” or a struggle for justice? Oil development and indigenous resistance in Peru’s Amazon rainforest. Business, Markets and Resources Session. Security and Criminality in the Americas: Governing the Unruly, Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, Latin American Centre, University of Oxford.
  • Gonzalez, A. (May 2019) Mapping the “lived realities” of environmental justice in Peru’s Loreto Region. Research Staff Conference 2019- Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of York.
  • Gonzalez, A. (April 2019) Controlled silence; oil company-community relations in Peru’s Loreto Region. Panel 37: Ecology and the Environment in Latin America. Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) 2019 Conference, University of Leicester.
  • Gonzalez, A. (March 2019) Justice for whom; a political ecology of voice study into environmental justice in Peru’s Loreto Region. Global Development Institute (GDI) Reading Group, The University of Manchester.
  • Gonzalez, A. (February 2019) Environmental (in)justice, access and recognition in Peru’s Loreto Region; an investigation through the political ecology of voice (PEV). Global Environmental Justice Group (GEJG) Seminar, School of International Development, University of East Anglia.
  • Gonzalez, A. (February 2019) Environmental (in)justice, access and recognition in Peru’s Loreto Region; an investigation through the political ecology of voice (PEV). Crucible Centre for Human Rights, Department of Social Sciences, University of Roehampton.
  • Gonzalez, A. (January 2019) Controlled silence; oil company-community relations in Peru’s Loreto Region. Environment and Society Research Group, Department of Environment and Geography, University of York.
  • Gonzalez, A. (November 2018) Control fear and suppression: oil company-community relations in Peru’s Loreto Region. Eco-Hour Presentation, Wentworth College, University of York.
  • Gonzalez, A. (August 2018) Oil, democracy and consent: A political ecology of voice (PEV) exploration into Peru’s freedom of voice for Amazonian hydrocarbon projects. Panel Session 4A: Protest and Resistance. Petrocultures Conference 2018: Transitions, University of Glasgow.
  • Gonzalez, A. (May 2018) The political ecology of voice (PEV) of oil company-community relations in Peru’s Loreto Region. Political Ecology Group Seminar, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.
  • Gonzalez, A. (September 2016) Strikes, mistrust and disengagement? The political ecology of voice (PEV) surrounding stakeholder relationships with the government and resource extraction industries in the Peruvian department of Loreto. Geographies of Resource Extraction, Protest and Conflict Session. RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2016, London.
  • Gonzalez, A. (April 2016) The political ecology of voice in Loreto and northern Peru. Session 4: Breaking down conflict: understanding and reframing Latin American experience. Society of Latin American Studies, 52nd Annual Conference, University of Liverpool.
  • Gonzalez, A. (March 2016) The political ecology of voice (PEV) and the accountability of resource extraction industries (REIs) in non-western countries; the case of Peru. Geographies of Nature and Energy Session. RGS-IBG Mid-Term Conference 2016, University of Newcastle.
  • Gonzalez, A. (March 2014) The political ecology of voice (PEV) and the accountability of resource extraction industries (REIs) in non-western countries; the case of Peru. Politics, Development and Sustainability Group, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Knowledge facilitation:

  • Co-founded “Transformative Diálogos,” a website run by Brazilian and UK early career researchers on the topic of development. It serves as a platform to disseminate the results of the Newton Fund Researcher Links workshop held at the University of Campinas in July 2019 (see no.3 below) but also provides a space for engagement with civil society. This has occurred through a blog and we intend on using other innovative dissemination methods including photographic essays and podcasts with different development stakeholders.
  • 2nd International Workshop on Contested Territories in Latin America (September 2019). Co-organised Workshop with University of York colleagues. Linked to project entitled Contested Territories: Interdisciplinary Dialogues on Conflict, Resistance and Development Alternatives in Latin America. White Rose Consortium and Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre, University of York.
  • Cyclone Idai: response, recovery, and future risks (July 2019). GCRF Rapid Response project. Invited participant for closed two-day workshop involving UK and Mozambique academic and government representatives. Department of Environment and Geography and Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre, University of York.
  • The Natural Resources Economy in South America: Extraction, Sustainability and Citizenship (July 2019). Invited participant in two-day workshop event. Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC), University of York.
  • UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): International Academic Collaboration for Transformational Industry and its Social and Environmental Impacts (August 2019). British Council and Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop. Selected fully funded participant alongside 33 other UK and Brazilian ECRs over five-day event. School of Economics, Business Administration and Accounting (FEAUSP), University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Environment and Development: Shared 21st Century Sustainability Challenges (July 2019). British Council and Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop. Selected fully funded participant with 33 other UK and Brazilian ECRs over five-day workshop event. University of Campinas (Unicamp), Campinas, Brazil.
  • Toxic Expertise Workshop: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Petrochemical, Fossil Fuel, and Related Industries: Risk, Justice, and Mobilisation (May 2019). Invited academic presenter on Environmental Justice Panel and workshop participant over two-day workshop event. University of Warwick.
  • Promoting public oil spill response capability in the Caspian Sea Region (March 2017). Newton Fund Workshop. Invited participant to assist facilitation of two-day workshop Newton Fund grant bid. Royal Docks School of Business and Law, University of East London in partnership with the National Laboratory Astana and Department of Political Science, Nazarbayev University. University of East London.

Committees and reviewing

  • The Journal of Cultural Geography
  • The International Journal of Human Rights
  • Energy Research and Social Science
  • Natural Resources Research
  • Cogent Social Sciences.

Publications

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Teaching

I currently contribute to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules on areas including schools of geographical thought, research methods and environmental policy.

Research interests

As a political geographer and more specifically a political ecologist, I have a huge passion for exploring the impact that natural resources have on states, societies, and businesses. Most of my work has revolved around the extractive sector, particularly oil, and I have conducted fieldwork in Peru alongside desk-based research on the Global South (Ecuador, Angola, Nigeria and Sudan) and North (UK). Specific research interests include natural resource governance, conflict and consultation, environmental (in)justice, environmental activism, the challenges of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility, the latter with a focus on the extractive sector.

I am also extremely interested in different forms of participation surrounding natural resources and environmental issues and the ways in which people and other actors vocalise their concerns and the barriers they face in doing so. Drawing upon political ecology and the work of the political economist Albert Hirschman, I have developed a theoretical framework called the political ecology of voice (or PEV) which aims to explore the political, social, economic and geographical environment in which different actors try and vocalise their concerns. For more information on this theoretical framework, please see my list of publications.

Current research projects

I have several ongoing research project themes. The first is a series of articles on natural resources. I am contributing to one article exploring natural resource consultation across Central and Latin America and am lead author on a second paper examining environmental justice in the context of Peru’s oil industry and Ethiopia’s REDD+ scheme.

A second project theme surrounds sustainable development. Alongside a group of academic colleagues from UK and Brazilian universities, we are interested in exploring consumer and business perceptions of sustainable development in the context of the cosmetic industry. We are in the early stages of compiling a literature review on this topic.  Another paper is being co-written with a colleague that is comparing the Aichi Targets and sustainable development goals (SDGs) to understand the areas in which they align and contest.

The final theme is theoretical. I am revisiting the PEV framework to explore and establish a typology of protest voice that better captures the different forms of vocal action taken in the context of environmental issues and natural resource governance.

Supervision

I am keen on supervising students in the following areas:

  • Natural resource governance
  • Environmental policy
  • Environmental justice
  • Sustainable development