Dr Ariadne  Collins

Dr Ariadne Collins


Researcher profile

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Research areas

Ariadne Collins is a Lecturer in the School of International Relations. Her work lies at the intersection of climate change governance, environmental policy and international development. More specifically, she analyses the interplay between market-based conservation and post-colonial development. Her work features an emphasis on processes of racialization and histories of colonialism, and their challenge to the successful enactment of forest governance policies in the Global South. 

Ariadne’s current collaborative research (with Matt Barlow and Drs Lydia Cole and Theo Reeves-Evison) is titled Towards a Political Ecology of Volume. It investigates the sustainability and equity of governance structures and use practices of the Earth’s commons. It recognizes that the interdisciplinary subfield of political ecology is dedicated towards studying how political economic factors shape human-nature relationships, thereby demonstrating that what is commonly thought of as non-human nature is always co-constituted with social systems. Burgeoning research on volume, however, calls into question both longstanding environmental governance practices and the subfield of political ecology that studies them on account of political ecology’s overwhelming dependence on a view of the Earth as two-dimensional, through a European, land-centred geographical imagination. Hence, Ariadne’s current collaborative research project aims to bring volume to political ecology, and political ecology to volumetric practices, at a critical time of global environmental change.

Ariadne was awarded a PhD (Summa cum laude) from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary in May, 2017. She holds a Masters in Research (Distinction) from the University of Westminster, London and a Bachelors from the University of Guyana. Prior to joining the University of St. Andrews, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin. She was also a visiting researcher at the Centre for Space, Place and Society at Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

PhD supervision

  • Iliana Ilieva
  • Stacia Carrington

Selected publications


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