The Centre wishes to welcome Dr Adriana Suárez Delucchi who will be taking part in the ‘Global cooperation and diverse conceptions of world order’ research group as a Postdoc Research Fellow from 1 November 2021 until 31 October 2022.
Adriana is a diaspora scholar from Chile, who has lived and conducted research in Australia, Colombia, Chile, and Europe. Her focus is on research that challenges hegemonic ideas about the world, world orders, and development, including attempts to address climate change and environmental governance.
Through her fellowship at the KHK, Dr Suárez Delucchi seeks to contribute to the recognition of diversity within regulatory processes around current global environmental challenges. During her PhD in Environment, Energy, and Resilience from the University of Bristol, Adriana used Institutional Ethnography (IE) as an approach to map textually-mediated work processes related to rural populations’ access to drinking water in Chile from the perspective of rural inhabitants. Focussing particularly on the discursive categories of ‘vulnerability’ and ‘ water rights’, the project furthered understanding on the barriers rural people face in accessing safe drinking water when living in rural areas and pointed at avenues for change.
‘I am interested in learning from people who are directly facing the impacts of a modernistic developmentalist and destructive agenda. I am particularly concerned with promoting policy changes informed by bottom-up research that takes peoples’ everyday lived experiences seriously’.
Adriana has worked closely with Prof. Lauren Eastwood, the Centre’s Senior Researcher and Policy Field Convener for Climate Change and Sustainability, a partnership that will certainly continue during her time at the Centre. Collaborative research is a focal point of Dr Suárez Delucchi’s goals. Through work within her research group and associated policy fields, she is seeking to share her skills and knowledge of IE within the Centre and extend her breadth of expertise in internationally diverse forums. Her extensive ethnographic experience with marginalised groups and interests in decolonial and post-colonial issues speaks to a commitment to learn from non-dominant voices traditionally ignored in approaches to environmental governance. Throughout the fellowship, she aims to contribute to a paradigm shift towards a more sustainable and relational planetary future.