I work at the intersection of water governance and development which I approach from a political ecology perspective. At present my main research focuses on understanding the relations between water technologies, (ground)water policies, users participation, agricultural production and rural livelihoods. Between 2015-2018 my research was funded by an NWO-WOTRO VENI grant entitled: Re-patterning water control: Vegetable agro-export chains, water rights and rural livelihoods in the Bajío, Mexico (see link to video). My research has focused mainly on Ecuador, Mexico and Spain.
My research contributes to a better understanding of how current globalized agro-export chains intermingle with water and agricultural policies, changing local water distribution and related rural livelihoods in the areas of production. It aims to understand:
a) how agricultural production and export chains change by whom, how and for what water is used,
b) how smallholder families and collectives that depend on irrigation cope with and resist these changes by adapting their livelihoods and production strategies, and
c) explore the scope and limitations of initiatives that try to link consumers with producers aiming to promote more socially and environmentally friendly production.
My research contributes to the current debates on the water-food nexus and its relations to water governance and development. I warmly welcome students interested on working in these areas of research both in Mexico and beyond. Just send me an e-mail.