Lecturer in Human Geography / Planning (Environmental) (Disglair), Cardiff University

I have an inter-disciplinary background with degrees in History (De Montfort University), War Studies (Kings college London) and Human Geography (Royal Holloway, University of London). I have a long-standing interest in natural resources, particularly oil, in Latin America and Africa and how they impact the relationship between State, society and business. Underpinning this research is the intention to explore the social injustice created through natural resource extraction and environmental pollution events. My PhD was focused on an investigation into the causes of increased oil pollution in Peru’s Loreto Region via the political ecology of voice (PEV) theoretical framework. Other published research has explored corruption, natural resource governance, underdevelopment and the relationship between corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the state in Nigeria’s Niger Delta. For more on my research please see: ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Adrian_Gonzalez15

I am currently a lecturer at Cardiff University teaching on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules and has previously taught at the Universities of York, East London and London. I have given conference papers at, amongst others, the Petrocultures Conference 2018, RGS-IGB Annual International Conference 2016 and Society for Latin American Studies Annual Conference 2016.


  • 2020–present
    Lecturer in Human Geography / Planning (Environmental) (Disglair), Cardiff University
  • 2018–2019
    Associate Lecturer in Human Geography and Environment, University of York
  • 2018–2018
    Guest Lecturer, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London
  • 2018–2018
    Hourly-Paid Lecturer, University of East London
  • 2013–2017
    PhD candidate, Royal Holloway, University of London


  • 2017 
    Royal Holloway, University of London, PhD Human Geography
  • 2010 
    Kings College London, MA War Studies
  • 2008 
    De Montfort University, BA (Hons) History


  • 2019
    Making “a racket” but does anybody care? A study of environmental justice access and recognition through the political ecology of voice, Geoforum
  • 2018
    Control, fear and suppression: a political ecology of voice (PEV) study into resource extraction industry-community engagement in Peru’s Loreto Region, The Extractive Industries & Society
  • 2018
    “A Salute to the Bandido”: A Political Ecology of Voice Exploration into Peru’s Freedom of Voice Surrounding Hydrocarbon Development, Society & Natural Resources
  • 2016
    The land of black gold, corruption, poverty and sabotage: overcoming the Niger Delta’s problems through the establishment of a Nigerian Non-Renewable Revenue Special Fund (NNRSF), Cogent Social Sciences, 2(1): 1-22
  • 2015
    The political ecology of voice (PEV); an innovative approach to examining environmental pollution and the accountability of economic actors, Journal of Political Ecology, 22: 466-485
  • 2011
    Download Black or Green Nuevo Sol? An Environmental and Societal Examination of Petroleum Extraction in Peru and Whether the Ecuadorian Yasuni ITT Initiative Provides a More Holistic Alternative, Journal of Peace, Conflict & Development (PC&D) No.17:63-82
  • 2010
    Petroleum and its impact on three African Wars: Angola, Nigeria and Sudan, Journal of Peace, Conflict & Development (PC&D), No.16:58-86

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS)