Postdoctoral research associate, The Open University

My research interests include rights-based approaches to urban development, indigenous politics, social movements, urban theory, and models of plurinational citizenship. Theoretically, my research is highly interdisciplinary, drawing from geography approaches on comparative urbanism and the right to the city, development theories on asset accumulation, and political science and sociological approaches on citizenship, identity formation, social actors, and collective action. My recent work has critically examined the role of indigeneity in urban policies and planning in a context of constitutional changes that have taken place in the Latin American countries of Bolivia and Ecuador. In particular I am interested in exploring conflicts around indigenous territorial rights and human rights for shelter and property in peri-urban areas in Bolivia’s and Ecuador’s capital cities La Paz and Quito. I have also conducted collaborative research on how Ecuador adapts the Sustainable Development Goals in its national policy agenda.


  • 2016–2018
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, Open University


  • 2015 
    University of Manchester, PhD Planning and Landscape (A1)
  • 2010 
    University of Manchester, MA Development Studies (Distinction)
  • 2009 
    Mannheim University, BA Politics


  • 2014
    Book Review: Indigenous Peoples, Poverty, and Development, Journal of Development Studies
  • 2013
    Does economic crisis always harm international migrants? Longitudinal evidence from Ecuadorians in Barcelona, International Migration
  • 2012
    Asset Accumulation: An alternative approach to achieving the Millennium Development Goals., Development Policy Review

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    RGS Small Grant for the Research project 'Peri-urban land management: Integrating indigenous rights and a human rights-based approach in La Paz, Bolivia'
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Royal Geographical Society

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Latin American Studies
  • Network-Association of European Researchers on Urbanisation in the South
  • Royal Geographical Society
  • AESOP Young Academics Network