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Professor Sarah A Radcliffe

Professor of Latin American Geography and Fellow of Christ's College

Management Committee, Centre of Latin American Studies

Biography

Career

  • 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
  • 2008-2012: Reader in Latin American Geography, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
  • 2012- present: Professor of Latin American Geography

Qualifications

  • BSc Geography and Anthropology, University College London
  • PhD on Migration, Rural Households and Andean Development, University of Liverpool

Research

Research interests

Sarah's research interests fall into four major areas:

  • Development, Social Heterogeneity 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

Research students

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

Reading group

Publications

Selected recent publications:

Books

  • Book cover2009 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)

  • 'Gendered frontiers of land control: Indigenous territory, women and contests over land in Ecuador.' Gender, Place and Culture 2013 doi:10.1080/0966369X.2013.802675
  • 'Mapuche demands during educational reform, the Penguin Revolution and the Chilean Winter of Discontent.' Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism 13 (3): 319-341, 2013
  • 'The ethno-environmental fix and its limits: Indigenous land titling and the production of not-quite-neoliberal natures in Bolivia,' with P. Anthias. Special issue 'Not quite neoliberal natures' K. Bakker (ed.) Geoforum 2013 doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2013.06.007
  • 'Development for a postneoliberal era? Sumak kawsay, living well and the limits to decolonization in Ecuador'. Geoforum (2012) 43: 240-249. doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2011.09.003
  • '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)

  • 2014 'Genre, race et appartenance ethnique comme freins au développement' [Gender and race-ethnicity as barriers to development], in H. Guetat-Bernard and M. Saussey (eds.) Genre et savoirs: pratiques et innovations rurales au Sud. Marseille, IRD Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, pp.61-83.
  • 2014 'Plural knowledges and Modernity: Social difference and geographical explanations,' in K. Okamoto and Y. Ishikawa (eds) Traditional wisdom and modern knowledge for the earth's future. Springer. International Perspectives in Geography 1, pp.79-102.
  • 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

Teaching

On sabbatical in 2013-14. Usually Sarah teaches on undergraduate courses in the Geographical Tripos:

  • First Year: Understanding Cultural Geographies
  • Second Year: Ciitzenship, Cities and Civil Society
  • 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 – Interviewing methods

External activities

  • Chair of the Management Committee of Centre of Latin American Studies