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

Geographically his research is conducted in two regions. In Latin America, with a particular focus on Chile, he has worked broadly on water politics, socio-environmental conflict and megaprojects, especially in relation to hydroelectricity and mining. As part of this work he has been involved for seven years with the WATERLAT network, 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 water-related research in Canada’s Northwest Territories. This includes a SSHRC-funded comparative project on Indigenous rights and natural resource governance, and related research on Indigenous initiatives for land and water stewardship.


  • 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. 2014. “Ciudadanía ecológica y las políticas de espacio y escala en Latinoamérica (Ecological citizenship and the politics of space and scale in Latin America)”. Avá: Revista de Antropología. 24: 37-55.
  • 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.
  • Latta, A. 2009. “Between Political Worlds: Indigenous Citizenship in Chile’s Alto Bío Bío”. Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies. 4 (1): 47-71.
  • Latta, A. 2007. “Citizenship and the Politics of Nature: The Case of Chile’s Alto Bío Bío”. Citizenship Studies. 11 (3): 229-246.
  • Latta, A. 2007. “Locating Democratic Politics in Ecological Citizenship”. Environmental Politics. 16 (3): 377-393.
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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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