Research Associate. Geographies of Indigenous Citizenship in Latin America

Tuesday 12 July 2022

Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Geographies of Indigenous Citizenship in Latin America

The role will be working on a new project funded by the Leverhulme Trust about geographies of Indigenous citizenship in Latin America. The post holder will be based in the Department of Geography and will work under the guidance of Professor Sarah Radcliffe.

This project uses qualitative, ethnographic, storytelling and mapping methods to analyse the relation between Indigenous peoples, their practices and critical thinking, and changing dynamics of citizenship in territories and nation-states. Its guiding principle is that Indigenous actions and conceptual work decentre our understandings of western citizenship, especially by means of everyday practices and emergent agendas of autonomy. The project is concerned to reflect critically on the processes that generate and circulate knowledge about Indigenous citizenship and its transformations. The successful applicant will pursue two main objectives: 1) through qualitative research work, and in association with the project team and Indigenous interlocutors, to gather and critically analyse verbal accounts, observations and cartographic material on Indigenous citizenship practices and places, with respect to their purpose, the socio-spatial! relation s and knowledges, and their consequences for political subjectivity and citizen experiences. And 2) to conduct a series of in-depth interviews with Indigenous leaders and individuals in Ecuador and Peru, and to liaise with Indigenous organisations and communities over the creation of repositories for the interview records and other materials.

Eligible candidates must have a PhD in Human Geography, Anthropology, Latin American Studies, Indigenous Studies, or similar. Strong social science skills and experience in qualitative methods, particularly with Latin American Indigenous populations would be a significant advantage. Applicants must also have proven experience of publishing high-quality research articles. They must be highly motivated and should have excellent organisational and communication skills (in English and Spanish), and be able to work well as part of a diverse international team.

The successful candidate will be based in Cambridge and have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of departmental and University activities, including the departmental Decolonial Research Lab, departmental and Centre of Latin American Studies seminars, and reading groups across the University.

Informal inquiries may be directed to Professor Sarah Radcliffe by email, [email protected].


Sarah A Radcliffe FBA

Department of Geography

University of Cambridge CB2 3EN UK

and Fellow, Christ’s College, University of Cambridge


My latest book Decolonizing Geography is now available from Polity