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Department of Geography


Political transnationalism and development networks for indigenous people in Andean Ecuador and Bolivia

Sarah Radcliffe’s research on this topic covers a number of related questions. One is concerned with exploring the meaning, nature and significance of the transnational networks through which development policy oriented to Andean indigenous populations was generated, funded and implemented.

As the Project Principal Investigator with Nina Laurie in the ESRC Transnational Communities Programme, Sarah’s research documented the extent and social relations of these networks in Ecuador and Bolivia. A major monograph, coauthored by Sarah, Nina Laurie and Robert Andolina, is being prepared for Duke University Press. A second theme has to do with the nature of transnational political geographies, and their socio-spatial structures and the nature of agency (see Radcliffe et al 2002). A third theme is concerned with the changing nature of professionalism in development, associated with neoliberalism and hybrid development institutions (see Radcliffe 2001).


Related publications include:

  • ‘Ethno-development: social movements, creating experts and professionalising indigenous knowledge in Ecuador.’ N Laurie, R Andolina and S A Radcliffe Antipode 39 (3): 470-496, 2005
  • ‘Indigenous professionalization: transnational social reproduction in the Andes.’ N Laurie, R Andolina and S Radcliffe Antipode 35(3): 463-491, 2003
  • ‘Indigenous people and political transnationalism: globalisation from below meets globalisation from above?’ SA Radcliffe, N Laurie and R Andolina. Transnational Communities Programme Working Paper WP-02-05. Available on , 2002
  • ‘New exclusions: the consequences of multicultural legislation for water politics in Bolivia’, N Laurie, R Andolina, S A Radclifffe. In R. Sieder (ed.) Multiculturalism in Latin America: indigenous rights, diversity and democracy. Palgrave, 2002
  • ‘Development, the state and transnational political connections: state formation and networks in Latin America’ Global Networks 1(1): 19-36, 2001