Environment, Society and Development in Latin America Research Group - ESDLA


We are a research group at the University of Eastern Finland, focusing on a variety of issues dealing
with the relations and interplay of society and the environment in Latin America from the
perspectives of environmental politics, political ecology, human geography and sociology. We critically examine how
development is conceptualized and promoted in the region, as well as the material impacts of these
processes. We investigate societal contestations and power relations related to topics such as
mining, forestry, hydropower construction, nature conservation and urban nature. Our research is
currently focused on a number of Latin American countries: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico
and Peru, and we most typically examine the issues of environment, society and development
through local case studies.