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Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Reading

Thomas Grisaffi is a lecturer in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science. Trained as an anthropologist, Thomas works on topics including coca and cocaine production and its global commodity chain, indigenous social movements in the Andes, alternative development in drug crop producing zones and democracy. His book with Duke University Press, titled ‘Coca Yes, Cocaine No’ (2019), is an ethnography of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), as it transformed from an agricultural union, criminalised as a result of U.S.-led drug war policies, into Bolivia’s ruling party. Thomas is the principal investigator on a GCRF funded project titled 'Regional Applicability of Innovative drug crop control Policy in the Andes'.


  • –present
    Lecturer, University of Reading


  • 2009 
    The University of Manchester, PhD Social Anthropology