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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
August 28, 2015

Canadian Excellence

Research



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My research is interdisciplinary in character. With a background in Political Science and Geography, I have a strong interest in both practical and theoretical questions concerning human relationships with the natural environment. Simultaneously, I am equally intrigued by the way that "nature" enters into and conditions the social and political relationships constituting human society.


Current Research Projects

Resource governance and indigenous rights: Understanding intercultural frameworks for negotiating free prior and informed consent. Five year research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Latta is co-investigator with Dr. Terry Mitchell (WLU, lead investigator), Dr. Thierry Rodon (Laval, Quebec), and Josť Aylwin (Universidad Austral, Chile). Six Nations Polytechnic is an institutional partner in the project.†

Research Interests

Political Ecology:
The political cultures of nature and social subjectivity; the role of citizenship in environmental conflicts and the politics of sustainability; indigenous peoples, resources, and post-colonial power relations; urban political ecology; environmental justice.

Latin American Politics:
Focus on environmental politics, indigenous peoples and the politics of development, particularly with a link to questions of citizenship and the character of democratic participation/debate.

Eco-criticism:
The social and political implications of nature writing, especially concerning the works of Chilean Nobel laureates Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral.

Social theory:
Theorizing and investigating the relations of power (between bodies, things, discourses, and subjectivities) that condition the parameters of collective being and the possibilities of political action. I have been particularly influenced by the theoretical contributions of Karl Marx, Michel Foucault and Hannah Arendt.