I have been working on the 'left turn' in Latin America and its aftermath, especially in relation to natural resources and the environment. While most of my
empirical research has focused on the Ecuadorian Amazon, I have also been working in Peru, Bolivia, and, as of 2018, Brazil.
Much of this work has been articulated and executed in close collaboration with local and national indigenous communities and environmental organizations. Through
such partnerships, our aim has been to help strengthen local communities' ability to monitor their territories and to defend them against the destructive aspects of extractive processes. For
instance, my colleagues at the ISS and I are part of the 'All
eyes on the Amazon' project that uses advanced but frugal technologies - e.g. drones - to help stop deforestation in the Amazon basin.