Dr Jessica  Hope

Dr Jessica Hope

Lecturer in Sustainable Development

Researcher profile

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Research areas

I am a political ecologist who extends political ecology’s concern for environmental justice with geographical treatments of infrastructure and materiality. My current project investigates how new roads in the Amazon change environmental knowledges and politics, using these roads as a new conceptual entry point for understanding the global sustainable development project.

Completed projects investigated the early-take of the SDGs in Bolivia (a place where there are both intensifying commitments to resource extraction and radical alternatives) and the political ecology of post-neoliberalism in Bolivia (specifically, the TIPNIS).

I was previously a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowship at the University of Bristol, Lecturer at the University of Cambridge & Teaching Fellow at UCL. I was awarded my PhD in 2015 from the Global Development Institute (GDI), University of Manchester, where I was supervised by Prof Dan Brockington & Dr Tanja Bastia

Within the School of Geography & Sustainable Development I am:

Deputy Director of the Sustainable Development Masters

Co-chair of EDI (with Dr Michael Simpson)

Co-lead of GOSSIP with Prof Jo Sharp, Dr Ife Okafor-Yarwood & Dr Mike Simpson

The Human Geography Representative for the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science

Outside of St Andrews I am:

Associate Editor at Geoforum

A member of the new Editorial Board for Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

PhD supervision

  • Alejandra Pizarro Choy
  • Stacia Carrington

Selected publications


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