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Dr Adrian Gonzalez
Lecturer in Sustainability



Adrian re-joined the Department of Environment and Geography in March 2021 as a Lecturer in Sustainability having previously worked as an Associate Lecturer in Human Geography and Environment in 2018-19. He has also held a Human Geography and Planning (Environment) Lectureship at the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, awarded through the prestigious “Darlithwyr Disglair” (Brilliant Lecturers) scheme for early career academics (2020-21) and has also taught at the University of East London and University of London (2018).

Adrian has an interdisciplinary academic background with degrees in History (De Montfort University), War Studies (King’s College London) and Human Geography (Royal Holloway, University of London). As a political geographer and more specifically a political ecologist, his research and teaching are focussed on natural resource governance and conflict, social participation, environmental justice, sustainability, and sustainable development. Underpinning his research is the exploration of how natural resources and environmental pollution generate injustice and inequality and how communities and other actors seek to address these issues, particularly in Latin America and Africa. Peer-reviewed research papers have appeared in journals including Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, Geoforum, Journal of Political Ecology and Development Policy Review. His papers can be found at ResearchGate and and he has also written articles on his research for The Conversation.

In his role at York, Adrian will be leading a new MSc programme in Sustainable Business: Leadership, Innovation and Management in partnership with Maastricht Sustainability Institute, Maastricht University. He is a member of several internal groups including the York-Maastricht Partnership, People, Place and Planet research group and Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC). Externally, Adrian is member of the Society for Latin American Studies, Peru Support Group and is a Fellow of Advanced HE. Lastly, he is also co-founder of Transformative Diálogos, a blog for UK and Brazilian early career researchers to discuss sustainability challenges in the 21st century.

Adrian can be found on Linkedin and Twitter.


2021-: Lecturer in Sustainability, Department of Environment and Geography, University of York.

2020-2021: Lecturer in Human Geography and Planning (Environment) as part of the “Darlithwyr Disglair” (Brilliant Lecturers) scheme, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University.

2018-19: Associate Lecturer in Human Geography and Environment, Department of Environment and Geography, University of York.

2018: Guest Lecturer, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London.

2017-2018: Hourly Paid Lecturer, Royal Docks School of Business and Law, University of East London.

2013-2017 PhD Human Geography. Thesis entitled: ‘Access, engagement, suppression, and empowerment: a political ecology of voice (PEV) study into Peruvian citizen ability and willingness to report Petroperu environmental pollution incidents.’ Supervised by Professor David Simon. Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London.

2008-2010 MA War Studies, King’s College London.

2005-2008 BA (Hons) History, De Montfort University.

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Dr Adrian Gonzalez
Lecturer in Sustainability
Department of Environment & Geography
University of York
Wentworth Way
YO10 5NG

Tel: 01904 325958