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Alex Latta’s research is focused in the field of political ecology, with particular interests related to indigenous rights and natural resources, environmental justice, ecological citizenship, and sustainable local economies.

With a background of research focussed in Latin America, especially Chile, his recent work has shifted to Canada’s North. He has worked broadly on water governance, socio-environmental conflict and megaprojects (especially hydroelectricity and mining), and Indigenous-led environmental stewardship. As part of this work he has been involved with the WATERLAT network for a decade, five of those as coordinator of a working group on water and megaprojects. Through Laurier’s Cold Regions Research Centre and Institute for Water Science, he is involved in several research projects in Canada’s Northwest Territories and Northern Ontario, with a focus on water, infrastructure-environment interactions, climate change, and Indigenous environmental stewardship. Among these engagements, he is currently PI on a SSHRC-Funded project on Indigenous Guardians programs, working in partnership with Dehcho First Nations and, in collaboration with Co-PI Miguel Sioui, the Eeyou Istchee Cree Nation (Northern Quebec).

Selected Publications

  • Latta, Alex. 2019. Derechos Humanos y las Industrias Extractivas ¿Heracles y la Hidra de Lerna? [Human Rights and the Extractive Industries: Heracles and the Hydra of Lerna?]. In José Tole Martinez (Ed.) Derechos Humanos y la Actividad Empresarial en Colombia: Implicaciones Para el Estado Social de Derecho. Bogotá: Universidad Externado de Colombia.
  • Latta, Alex. 2018. “Indigenous rights and multi-level governance: Learning from the Northwest Territories Water Stewardship Strategy.” International Indigenous Policy Journal 9(2): 1-22.
  • Cid Aguayo, B. and A. Latta. 2015. “Agro-ecology and food sovereignty movements in Chile: Sociospatial practices for alternative peasant futures”. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. 105(2): 397-406.
  • Latta, A. and J. Sasso. 2014. “Megaproyectos Hídricos y Conflicto Socio-ambiental en Latinoamérica: Perspectivas Teóricas Desde Gramsci y Foucault [Hydraulic Megaprojects and Socio-environmental conflict in Latin America: Theoretical Perspectives from Gramsci and Foucault]”. Agua y Territorio 4: 70-83.
  • Bottaro, L., A. Latta and M. Sola. 2014. “La politización del agua en los conflictos por la megaminería: Discursos y resistencias en Chile y Argentina [Politicizing water in mining conflicts: Discourses and resistances in Chile and Argentina]”. European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 97: 97-115.
  • Latta, A. 2014. “Politics and the Sacred: Insurgent Ecologies of Citizenship”. Cultural Geographies 17 (5): 566-580.
  • Latta, A. 2013. “Locating Nature’s Citizens: Latin American Ecologies of Political Space”. Citizenship Studies 17 (5): 566-580.
  • Latta, A. 2013. “Los Desastres Planificados: Megaproyectos y Trauma Socio-Ambiental, el Caso de Hidroaysén [Planned Disasters: Megaprojects and Socio-Environmental Trauma, the Case of HidroAysén]”. Sociedad Hoy 20: 111-129.
  • Latta, A. and H. Wittman. 2012. “Environment and Citizenship in Latin America: Natures, Subjects and Struggles”. New York: Berghahn.
  • Latta, A. and B. Cid. 2012. “Testing the Limits: Neoliberal Ecologies from Pinochet to Bachelet”. Latin American Perspectives 39 (4): 163-180.
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  • Ph.D., Political Science, York University, 2005
  • M.A., Political Science, York University
  • B.Sc., Geography and Political Science, University of Victoria, 1997

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