Professor Sarah A Radcliffe
Professor of Latin American Geography and Fellow of Christ's College
Management Committee, Centre of Latin American Studies
- 1986-1987: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool
- 1987-1990: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge
- 1990-1995: Lecturer, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway University of London
- 1995-2002: University Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
- 2002-2008: Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
- 2008-present: Reader in Latin American Geography, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
- BSc Geography and Anthropology, University College London
- PhD on Migration, Rural Households and Andean Development, University of Liverpool
Sarah's research interests fall into four major areas:
- Development and Postcolonial governance, including recent research on "Exclusion and intersectionality in Ecuadorian indigenous women's experiences of development" (ESRC funded)
- Geographies of contested postcolonial national identities: includes current research on "Intercultural Bilingual Education in Chilean classrooms: Exploring youth identities, multiculturalism and nationalism" (ESRC funded 2011-14)
- Postcolonialism, Culture and Social Development: Contentious politics around development futures; includes recent work querying the extent to which Ecuador's current development policy is "postneoliberal" – see Geoforum 2012
- Political transnationalism and development networks, including research on ethnodevelopment policy formation in Andean countries
Editing roles (recent)
- Co-Editor, Progress in Human Geography, 2005 to December 2011
- Senior Coordinating Editor, Bulletin of Latin American Research, 2003 - 2005, Co-Editor 2000-2003
Sarah has supervised numerous PhD students (both UK and overseas), and welcomes enquiries from prospective applicants interested in pursuing PhD research at Cambridge on topics related to her own research (postneoliberal development and governance; neoliberalism and contentious politics around cartographic production; social difference and development, especially related to gender and ethnicity). Recent and current PhD topics include:
- Indigenous rights, land title and resource conflicts: Bolivia under the MAS government
- The political economy of Chinese investment in mining in Latin America, with a focus on Peru
- Indigenous women and political participation in Yucatán, Mexico
- Grounded impacts on women and men of Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs): a comparative study
- State practices and development on the Ecuador-Colombia border
- Latin Americans in St Louis: scales and citizenship
- Gender, race and nationalism in Costa Rica
Selected recent publications:
- 2009 Indigenous Development in the Andes: Culture, Power, and Transnationalism. Duke University Press, Durham and London
- 2006 Culture and Development in a Globalizing World: geographies, actors and paradigms. S A Radcliffe (Editor). Routledge. 280pp.
- 1996 Re-Making the Nation: place, politics and identity in Latin America. S A Radcliffe and S Westwood. Routledge. 196pp. [Published in Spanish translation in Ecuador in 1999.]
- 1993 Viva: women and popular protest in Latin America, S A Radcliffe and S Westwood (Editors). Routledge. 264pp.
Journal articles (selected)
- 'Development for a postneoliberal era? Sumak kawsay, living well and the limits to decolonization in Ecuador'. Geoforum (2011)
- 'Dismantling Gaps and Myths: How indigenous political actors broke the mould of socioeconomic development', in Special issue on 'The rise of indigenous populations as political actors in the 21st century.' Brown Journal of World Affairs 18 (2) 2012
- 'Ethnicity, development and gender: Tsachila indigenous women in Ecuador', with A.Pequeno. Development and Change 41 (6): 983-1016(2010)
- 'Relating to the land: multiple geographical imaginations and lived-in landscapes', Response to Peter Hulme's 2011 RGS-IBG Plenary lecture, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 2012.
- 'Environmentalist thinking and/in geography.' Progress in Human Geography 34(1): 98-116, with E.Watson, I. Simmons, A. Fernández-Armesto, and A. Sluyter (2010)
- "Re-Mapping the Nation: Cartography, geographical knowledge and Ecuadorian multiculturalism" Journal of Latin American Studies 42(2) May 2010: 293-323
- 'National maps, digitalisation and neoliberal cartographies: Transforming nation-state practices and symbols in postcolonial Ecuador.' Trans. Institute of British Geographers October 2009, 34: 426-444.
- 'Development and geography II: Towards a postcolonial development geography?' Progress in Human Geography 2005 29 (3): 291-298
- 'Neoliberalism as we know it, but not in conditions of its own choosing: A Commentary', Environment and Planning A, part of a special issue on 'Geographies of neoliberalism in Latin America', 2005, T Perreault and P Martin (Editors) 37: 323-329
- 'Development and Culture: transnational identity making in Latin America', R Andolina, S A Radcliffe and N Laurie Political Geography 2005, 24 (6): 678-702 (August)
- 'Ethno-development: social movements, creating experts and professionalising indigenous knowledge in Ecuador' N Laurie, R Andolina and S A Radcliffe Antipode: Journal of Radical Geography 2005, 39 (3): 470-496
Book chapters (selected)
- 2011 'Third Space, abstract space and coloniality: National and subaltern cartography in Ecuador,' in Postcolonial Spaces: The politics of place in contemporary culture, A Teverson and S Upstone (eds.). London, Palgrave.
- 2011 'Representing the Nation' in Mapping Latin America: Space and Society, 1492-2000. K Offen and J Dym (eds), Chicago, University of Chicago Press.
- 2010 'Epílogo: Historias de vida de mujeres indígenas a través de la educación y el liderazgo: Intersecciones de raza, género y locación' [Indigenous women's life-histories through education and leadership: Intersections of race, gender and location] in Celebraciones centenarias y negociaciones por la nación ecuatoriana. V Coronel and M Prieto (eds.), pp.317-348. Quito: FLACSO, Sede Ecuador and Ecuador Ministry of Culture.
- 2008 "Women's movements in Ecuador in the twentieth century," in C. de la Torre and S. Striffler (eds.) The Ecuador Reader: History, Culture, Politics. Duke University Press, Durham and London, pp. 284-296.
- 2008 "Governance, citizenship and Ecuadorian indigenous women" [Las mujeres indígenas ecuatorianas bajo la gobernabilidad multicultural y de género], in P Wade, F Urrea, & M Viveros (eds) Raza, etnicidad y sexualidades: ciudadanía y multiculturalismo en América Latina. Univalle /La Universidad Nacional, Bogota, Colombia. pp. 105-136
At present Sarah teaches on undergraduate courses in the Geographical Tripos:
- First Year: Understanding Cultural Geographies
- Second Year: Demography and geographical explanations
- Third Year: Geographies of Postcolonialism
In addition, she gives graduate lectures and seminars in the M.Phil in Environment, Society and Development, on:
- Contested meanings of space: civil society and social movements
- Inter-Faculty Social Science Research Methods – Interviews
- Chair of the Management Committee of Centre of Latin American Studies