Panel speaker at the Social Sciences Oxford Minds lecture series on the topic of Space.
Laura Rival is Professor of Anthropology of Development in the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID). Her research lies at the intersection of nature, society and development. Empirically, her work is grounded in ethnographic research with the Huaorani (Ecuadorian Amazon), inter-disciplinary research with the Makushi (central Guyana), and policy-oriented research with a number of Latin American indigenous and peasant communities, both in Central and South America. Theoretically, she has engaged critically with a range of deterministic assumptions associated with modernist ideologies, including theories that reify the nature/culture divide. Her current research builds on this expertise to address burning issues of development in the face of severe environmental degradation and accelerating climate change. Her published work includes Huaorani transformations in 21st century Ecuador. Treks into the future of time (University of Arizona Press).