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.