Posted on 14 October 2022 in environment, politics

Webinar Announcement: Rethinking Recovery In Latin American Landscapes

On Wednesday 9 November 2022, ISRF and the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (University of York) are hosting a webinar on “Rethinking recovery in Latin American landscapes: knowledges, conservation and justice.”


University of York

Original image by Hanne Cottyn.

This webinar is co-hosted by the ISRF. The below announcement has been produced with permission from the organisers.

Webinar Announcement: Rethinking recovery in Latin American landscapes

Zoom (Click here for registration via Eventbrite)

9th November 2022,  2.30-4 pm (GMT)

This Webinar is supported by the ISRF and Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (University of York).

Against a backdrop of multiple planetary crises, woodlands, wetlands, grasslands and other landscapes across Latin America are undergoing profound environmental and land use changes. This has brought notions of “degradation”, “conservation”, “restoration” and “recovery” at the centre of environmental governance schemes. In this panel, we ask how public institutions, local communities, and other actors understand and implement “recovery”, and how these initiatives engage with diverse, including indigenous and peasant knowledges. What is being recovered and by whom? And what can policy and research around landscape recovery learn us about environmental justice? By bringing together researchers working across diverse landscapes in South America, this panel aims to rethink “recovery” in nature conservation through a critical and interdisciplinary lens.


·         Dr. Laila Sandroni, Post-Doc Fellow in Applied Ecology. Wildlife Ecology, Management and Conservation Lab (LEMaC) – University of São Paulo, Brazil

·         Dr. Santiago Martínez, independent researcher, and lecturer in Anthropology at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia

·         Prof Manuel Prieto, Professor in Geography, Department of Historical and Geographical Sciences, Universidad de Tarapacá, Arica, and research associate at the Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Research, Chile

·         Dr Hanne Cottyn, Post-Doc Research Associate, Department of History – University of York

·         Dr Judith Krauss, Lecturer in Development Politics – University of York

Laila Sandroni is an Anthropologist and Geographer with experience in transdisciplinary research in social sciences. Her research interests lie in the role of different kinds of knowledge in defining the best paths to achieve biodiversity conservation and forest management. She has particular expertise in epistemology, power-knowledge relations, and evidence-based policy on environmental issues.

Santiago Martínez Medina is an Anthropologists working at the interface of anthropology and Science and Technology Studies.  His research interests lie in knowledge practices, inside and outside science and other kinds of expertise. He is lately working in the production of nature as a result of practices (including biology and other natural sciences) and the capacity of this production to make a univocal world.

Manuel Prieto Montt is a Geographer and Professor at the Universidad de Tarapacá, Arica, and research associate at the Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Research and the interdisciplinary research platform The Production of the Gender Norm ( in Chile. His research agenda is situated at the intersection of cultural and political ecology, political geography, and environmental science. In his current projects, he focuses on understanding the socio-ecological transformations of the high Andean wetlands and the agricultural valleys of the Atacama Desert in relation to climate change, the privatization of nature, the cultural management of water, changes in land use, and industrial activities.

Hanne Cottyn is a historian and postdoctoral research associate at the Department of History and the IGDC, University of York, with a fellowship of the ISRF. Together with researchers, communities and social organisations, her work explores the rural transformations and more-than-human histories that have shaped Andean societies and landscapes, particularly in Bolivia and Colombia.

Judith Krauss is a lecturer at the University of York’s Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC). Her post-doctoral research at the University of Sheffield’s Institute for Global Sustainable Development (IGSD) entailed work on convivial conservation, i.e. promoting justice, (bio)diversity and coexistence in conservation, livelihoods in Mozambique during Covid, and decolonial and justice-focused analysis particularly of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Registration Info: This workshop will be delivered using the Zoom Webinar facility. No prior purchasing of software is necessary but registration is required. While the event may be recorded, we will not record your voice or image. Please note that during the session, your name and email address (as entered at the registration stage) may be visible to other participants. If you have any questions, please contact