Adrian Gonzalez, Lecturer in Sustainability (political geography, political ecology, natural resource governance and conflict, environmental justice, sustainable development, sustainability).
Adrian is a political ecologist with a long-standing interest in natural resources, particularly oil, in Latin America and Africa and how they impact the relationship between State, society and business. Underpinning this research is the intention to explore the social injustices created through natural resource extraction and management and environmental pollution events.
Adrian has a multidisciplinary academic background with degrees in History (De Montfort University), War Studies (King’s College London) and Human Geography (Royal Holloway, University of London). After his MA, he taught as a secondary school teacher for two years, qualifying in History and worked as a contributing analyst for the geostrategic consultancy firm Wikistrat. However, his long-standing passion and interest in natural resources issues led him to undertake a Human Geography PhD exploring this area in 2013.
His postgraduate research was focused on an investigation into the difficulties which citizens face in holding oil companies accountable for oil spill issues in Peru’s Loreto Region. This was explored via his development of the political ecology of voice (PEV) theoretical framework, ongoing results of which are being published in peer-reviewed journals. Other published research has explored natural resource conflict, corruption, governance, underdevelopment and the relationship between corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the state in Angola, Nigeria and Sudan. His articles have appeared in journals including The Extractive Industries and Society, Development Policy Review, Society and Natural Resources and Journal of Political Ecology.
His current projects, taken from his PhD, explore the impact which grassroots and third-sector organisations can have on citizen efforts at gaining environmental justice. A long-term goal is to continue development of his PEV theoretical framework.