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Catherine Windey

PhD Researcher, Development Studies, University of Antwerp

My research focuses on global environmental politics –in particular on market-based mechanisms for forest conservation such as REDD+– and how they reconfigure and are resisted by socio-spatial identities and socio-ecological relationships in so-called 'developing' countries. I approach this topic through two main lenses. First, through the analysis of material-discursive practices that reshape environment, space and society within the global ‘abstract space’ of instrumental rationalisation and capitalist exchange-ability. Second, through the empirical study of diverse everyday socio-spatial, economic, cultural and political practices in relation to the natural environment and of local understandings of environmental change. Over the last five years, I have conducted fieldwork in DR Congo.


  • –present
    PhD Researcher, Development Studies, University of Antwerp, University of Antwerp


  • 2010 
    KU Leuven, MA Business Economics and Management
  • 2009 
    Université Libre de Bruxelles, MA Anthropology
  • 2007 
    Université Libre de Bruxelles, BA Sociology and Anthropology


  • 2019
    Contested mappings in a dynamic space: emerging socio-spatial relationships in the context of REDD+. A case from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Landscape Research
  • 2018
    Silencing Agency in Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) by Essentializing a Neoliberal ‘Monster’ Into Being: A Response to Fletcher & Büscher's ‘PES Conceit’, Ecological Economics
  • 2015
    'Towards a power-sensitive and socially informed analysis of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES): Addressing the gaps in the current debate', Ecological Economics

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Geographers