Fellows and visitors

Dr Cecilia McCallum

Professorial Fellow in Amerindian Studies


Nicholas Barnes is a Lecturer at the University of St. Andrews in the School of International Relations and affiliated faculty at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence. Nicholas’ research focuses on the topics of organized crime, political violence, non-state governance, and citizen resistance and mobilization in Latin America. He has conducted 3 years of fieldwork in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas and is currently working on a book project (under contract with Cambridge University Press) about how and why gangs govern these communities. He also collaborates with favela artists and activists through visual media projects and exhibits. See more at www.nicholasjohnbarnes.com.



Dr Christopher Schulz is a Lecturer in Sustainable Development in the School of Geography and Sustainable Development. His main research interests fall into the fields of environment and development, environmental values, and water governance, with a particular focus on alternatives to mainstream economic approaches for valuing the environment. Prior to joining St Andrews, Christopher was a Lecturer in the MSc programme in Ecological Economics at SRUC/Edinburgh University, a Research Associate in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge, and a Research Fellow at St Andrews.

For his doctoral research at the University of Edinburgh, he investigated value conflicts around the planned construction of the Paraguay-Paraná Waterway across the Brazilian Pantanal wetland, in the Upper Paraguay River Basin of the State of Mato Grosso. He then conducted research on the social, economic, and cultural values of tropical peatlands with Urarina and mestizo communities of the Peruvian Amazon, in a collaborative project between the University of St Andrews and the Peruvian Amazon Research Institute (IIAP, in Spanish), Iquitos. He continues to collaborate with researchers in Peru and Brazil on topics such as water governance, water infrastructure, as well as indigenous w

Dr Jonathan Alderman is a social anthropologist and translator with a Ph.D in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews, MA in Latin American Studies from the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London and BA in Philosophy from the University of Essex. He is Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Amerindian, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of St Andrews and Associate Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London. Jonathan’s doctoral thesis, ‘The Path to Ethnogenesis and Autonomy: Kallawaya-consciousness in Plurinational Bolivia’ examined Bolivia’s transformation into a plurinational state with autonomies ethnographically through the practical experience of an indigenous nation, the Kallawayas, in decolonising their own social reality through autonomous political practices and constructing an ethno-nationalist identity based on cultural and territorial belonging. He has published on indigenous autonomy, infrastructure, housing and materiality, amongst other topics related to his research in Bolivia.