Research Assistants

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Hameedullah Jamali

Hameedullah Jamali is a 2nd year PhD student (started in September 2009) and is working on governance of natural resources (groundwater, forests and rangelands) in Balochistan, the south-western province of Pakistan. Before joining the Graduate Institute, he studied development studies at the University of East Anglia, UK and worked for several years on natural resource management, poverty alleviation and workers’ rights with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Pakistan. His current research interests include political ecology, public policy analysis, governance of common-pool resources and discourse analyses in environment and conservation, and in climate change adaptation. Recently, he submitted a paper: ‘Transformation or degradation: transition from karez to tubewell irrigation and its implications for power relations and social structure in Balochistan, Pakistan’ for the 13th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons at Hyderabad, India.

Morgan Scoville-Simonds

Morgan Scoville-Simonds began PhD studies in the development unit of the institute in 2009 after completing a master’s in the same unit, and previous background in the natural sciences. His overarching research interest is in understanding how different societies experience their symbolic and material relationship with the environment. Within this broad interest, he is currently exploring theoretical approaches to discourse, power, and resistance and will be applying these ideas to controversies related to human-environment relations (e.g. socio-environmental problems, conservation and development projects, ‘resource’ conflicts, etc.). His PhD fieldwork will be carried out in Peru, Cusco region. In general, he seeks to be involved in critical research that, by exploring the underlying causes of deprivation and environmental degradation, may help point toward a more sustainable and equitable future.


Marc Brightman

Marc Brightman is Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow at the Graduate Institute. His previous posts include: ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellow at ISCA, Oxford University (2009-10), Early Career Fellow in Social Anthropology of Environment, Conservation and Development at Oxford Brookes University (2008-10), and Postdoctoral Laureate at the Musée du Quai Branly, Paris (2007-8). His doctoral research (2002-7) was on Amerindian leadership in the Guiana region of Amazonia, and was based on ethnographic fieldwork carried out among the Trio, Wayana and Akuriyo of southern Suriname and French Guiana. He has since begun to focus more closely on the political importance of the transformation of the environment, and on indigenous Amazonian forms of property, and his current project is to investigate these in the context of the emergence of new forms of property occurring through the evaluation of environmental services, particularly in the context of UN-REDD. He has also conducted research on the indigenous peoples’ movement, and his holistic approach to native Amazonian politics and power has stimulated his interest in the political role of music and ritual, and in the relationship between art objects, social space and group solidarity.