I am a human geographer whose research focuses on the intersections of human rights, justice, development, and environmental change with attention to Indigenous politics in Latin America.
In collaboration with community partners, my research seeks to understand how extra-local political, legal, and economic processes—like international Indigenous rights mechanisms, environmental governance schemes, and global commodity production and exchange—influence livelihoods, the praxis of rights, and socio-environmental relations at the “local” level, and vice versa. I draw theoretical and methodological inspiration from political ecology and STS, critical social theory, ethnography, and participatory research. My most recent field-based research projects in the Southern Cone have focused on Indigenous land rights, the implementation of Inter-American Court of Human Rights decisions, expanding agrarian frontiers, political ecologies of territorial struggles, and the politics of fair trade.
My first book, "Disrupting the patrón: Indigeneity, racial capitalism, and land politics in Paraguay’s Chaco" is underway and will be completed soon. I also recently launched a new research initiative, “Frontiers of Environmental Justice: Rupture, resource rule, and resistance” that investigates radical socio-ecological transformations taking place across South America’s Gran Chaco forest region—a site where rapid deforestation, new infrastructure projects, extractivism, and climate change are creating new challenges for Indigenous environmental justice.
After receiving my Ph.D. in geography from the University of Colorado Boulder in August 2017, I completed a Postdoctoral position at the University of Arizona (2017-18). I hold an MA in Latin American Studies from University of Arizona and a BA in Geography from Humboldt State University.
Drinking tereré with friends and strangers, cycling near but preferably far, and digging in the dirt (aka gardening) with his partner are some of my favorite pastimes.
For more information, please visit: www.joel-correia.com.