Dr K.M. van Teijlingen (Karolien)
Assistant professor - Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies
Assistant professor - Radboud Social Cultural Research
Thomas van Aquinostraat 4
6525 GD NIJMEGEN
6500 HE NIJMEGEN
I am a human geographer with a MSc. in International Development Studies (2013) and a PhD in social sciences (2019).
Over the past decade, much of my work has been focused on the political ecology of resource extraction and alternatives to development in Latin America, particularly Ecuador. My research has documented the territorial transformations, conflicts and resistance movements spurred by the expansion of large-scale mining in the Amazon region, as well as the gendered criminalization of land defenders in Ecuador.
Recently, I shifted my focus to the politics of climate change, the energy transition and questions of climate justice in Latin America. I am particularly interested in the new commodity frontiers and geographies of dispossession and extraction that result from ‘net-zero’ policies endorsed by (mainly Western) governments and corporations. I also continue to be involved in debates about post-development, alternatives to development and proposals for radical socio-ecological transformation, with special attention to Buen Vivir in Ecuador and Degrowth in The Netherlands.
In addition to research, I teach courses related to political ecology, environmental justice, climate politics, and the philosophy of science.
In general, my work is inspired by the fields of (feminist) Political Ecology, Critical Geography, Environmental Justice, Critical Development Studies, Decolonial Studies, and Governmentality Studies. Methodologically, I specialize in ethnography, participatory (counter-)mapping and action research.
- van Teijlingen, Karolien and Juan Pablo Hidalgo-Bastidas. 2022. “A mine, a dam and the Chinese-Ecuadorian politics of knowledge”. In The Tropical Silk Road: the Future of China in South-America edited by Paul Amar, Lisa Rofel, Maria Amelia Viteri-Burbano, Consuelo Fernandez-Salvador and Fernando Brancoli, chapter 4.1. Redwood City, CA: Stanford University Press. Full text
- van Teijlingen, Karolien and Consuelo Fernández-Salvador. 2021. “¿La Minería para el Buen Vivir? Large-Scale Mining, Citizenship and Development Practice in Ecuador". Latin American Perspectives 48 (3): 245–261. Full text
- van Teijlingen, Karolien. 2016. “The ‘Will to Improve’ at the Mining Frontier: Neo-Extractivism, Development and Governmentality in the Ecuadorian Amazon.” The Extractive Industries and Society 3(4): 902–11. Full text
- van Teijlingen, Karolien y Barbara Hogenboom. 2016. “Debating Alternative Development at the Mining Frontier: Buen Vivir and the Conflict around El Mirador Mine in Ecuador.” Journal of Developing Societies 32 (4): 382–420. Full text
- van Teijlingen, Karolien, Esben Leifsen, Consuelo Fernández-Salvador, y Luis Sánchez Vázquez, eds. 2017. La Amazonía Minada: Minería a Gran Escala y Conflictos en el Sur del Ecuador. Quito: Editorial USFQ and Ediciones Abya-Yala. Full text
- 2019 - 2020 Research project "Large-Scale Mining Projects in Ecuador and their Risks for the Environment" at the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Quito, Ecuador. Supported by the Fundación Pachamama. More information
- 2014 - 2019 PhD research project “Mining in the land of Buen Vivir: the Politics of Large-Scale Mining, Development and Territorial Transformation in the Ecuadorian Amazon” at the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation, CEDLA. Supported by the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research. More information
- 2013 - 2014 Research project "Mapping the Mining Mania: Qualitative Cartography of Resource Extraction and Environmental Conflicts in the Brazilian Amazon region" at the Centre for Amazonian Studies of the Universidade Federal do Pará, Brazil. Supported by a Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Fellowship.