Research Associate, Department of History
Hanne is a postdoctoral research associate at the IGDC. Based at the History Department, she researches processes of socio-environmental change in rural communities of the Andean highlands. At the IGDC, she supports the management and strengthening of partnerships with Latin America and the Caribbean.
She was awarded a fellowship by the Independent Social Research Foundation to explore the “more-than-human” histories of lake Poopó in Bolivia. The project integrates environmental humanities with ethnohistory to examine how lake communities’ daily practices and knowledge production have shaped and responded to historical landscape transformations.
Previously at the IGDC, she conducted historical-ethnographic research about socio-environmental change in the Colombian páramos and co-produced a CD, documentary and website
Hanne holds a PhD in History from Ghent University (Belgium), where she also collaborated in the coordination of the Ghent Center for Global Studies, lectured in Latin American studies and global studies, and conducted postdoctoral research. In 2014-2015, she worked in development cooperation with NGOs and grassroots movements in Peru as “global engagement officer” of the socio-environmental movement CATAPA (Belgium). She has extensive archival research and field work experience in Bolivia, Peru and Chile, where she collaborates with academic institutions and social organizations.