Graduate student (Ph.D.)
M.A., Anthropology. Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO-Ecuador), 2010.
B.S., Advertising (French minor), University of Florida, 2004.
Agrarian and environmental change, politics of climate change, Latin America. political ecology, political economy of development, social theory
I study the transformation of rural and agrarian landscapes in the global South. The current focus of my work looks at the social, political and economic impacts of climate change mitigation policies in Latin America. In particular, I am interested in investigating how payment for ecosystem services (PES) policies are shaping national agrarian development pathways as well as peasant and indigenous livelihoods through the expansion of 'green capitalism' and market-oriented rural development projects. I am also interested in analyzing peasant and indigenous resistance to these policies.
N. Etchart. 2012. Violencia y sufrimiento tóxico: la lucha por justicia ambiental en Dayuma, Amazonía ecuatoriana [Violence and Toxic Suffering: the Struggle for Environmental Justice in Dayuma, Ecuadorian Amazon]. Quito: FLACSO-Ecuador.
Awards and Honors
- Helen Firstbrook Franklin Scholarship in Latin American Studies, Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014-2015. - UW-Madison / Mellon Foundation Area and International Studies Research Fellowship, 2014. - Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for Quechua, U.S. Department of Education, 2013-2014. - Mershon Graduate Student Research Grant, Mershon Center, The Ohio State University, 2013. - Office of International Affairs Graduate Student Research Grant (honorary recipient), Mershon Center, The Ohio State University, 2013. - Graduate Enrichment Fellowship, The Ohio State University, 2012-2013. - College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Fellowship, The Ohio State University, 2012-2013. - Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for Quechua, U.S. Department of Education, 2012-2013. Declined. - FLACSO Thesis Scholarship won for thesis proposal, "Violencia y sufrimiento tóxico: la lucha por justicia ambiental en Dayuma, Amazonía ecuatoriana" [Violence and Toxic Suffering: the Struggle for Environmental Justice in Dayuma, Ecuadorian Amazon], 2009. - Florida's Bright Futures Scholarship for studies at the University of Florida, 2001-2004.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Geography
550 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706
On Twitter: @NicollePaulina