Dr Riccarda Flemmer is Junior Professor for Political Struggles in the Global South of the ‘Global Encounters’ Platform at the Institute of Political Science, University of Tübingen, since April 2022.
She studied Political Science, Sociology and Psychology (Magister Artium) at the RWTH Aachen University and at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She completed her doctorate in International Relations at the University of Hamburg in 2019. The title of her dissertation is ‘The Contested Meaning of Prior Consultation and FPIC – lndigenous Grassroots and the Politics of Translating Rights in Struggles over Resources in the Peruvian Amazon’.
She previously worked as a researcher at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and the University of Bielefeld in projects supported by the German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF) and the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). As well, she taught and worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Political Science, especially Global Governance, at the University of Hamburg. As an academic co-presenter and translator, she continues to accompany the events of the Kulturbüro Grupo Sal with Kichwa activist Patricia Gualinga from the indigenous Amazonian community of Sarayaku in Ecuador.
Riccarda Flemmer is co-chair of the Amazonia Section at the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), member of the Advisory Board of the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research’s (HIIK) annual Conflict Barometer and part of the focal group on ‘Ethnographic Methods’ of the Deutschen Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft (DVPW) as well as part of the Environmental Justice Network (EnJust), the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) and the Red de Estudios sobre las Resistencias Indígenas (RERI).
Her publications on contested norms, indigenous peoples’ rights, participatory conflict transformation and socioecological conflicts have appeared in World Development, Third World Quarterly, the Journal of Latin American Studies and the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, among other publications.
Main Research Interests
• Indigenous peoples’ rights, indigenous resistance, rights of nature
• Environmental justice and emancipatory conflict transformation
• Resource conflicts and extractive industries
• Critical Development Studies
• Ethnographic and decolonial methods
• Empirical focus: Latin America, especially Amazonia
Since April 2022: Junior Professor for Political Struggles in the Global South of the ‘Global Encounters’ Platform at the Institute of Political Science, University of Tübingen.
Since March 2021: Academic co-presenter and translator for events of the Kulturbüro Grupo Sal with Kichwa activist Patricia Gualinga from the indigenous Amazonian community of Sarayaku in Ecuador (Link).
2021–2022: Associated researcher at the trAndeS Program on Sustainable Development and Social Inequalities in the Andean Region, FU Berlin und PUCP Lima.
2020–2021: Lecturer and postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Political Science, especially Global Governance, of Prof. Antje Wiener at the University of Hamburg.
2017–2019: Doctoral candidate and active member of the Research Programs ‘Accountability and Participation’ and ‘Peace and Security’ at the Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS), GIGA Hamburg.
2016–2017: Researcher in the project ‘The Americas as Space of Entanglements’ (Link), financed by the German Ministry for Education (BMBF, Center for InterAmerican Studies (CIAS), University of Bielefeld.
2013–2015: Researcher in the project ‘Prior Consultation, Participation and Conflict Transformation. A Comparative Study of Resource Extraction in Bolivia and Peru’ (Link), funded by the German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF).
2012–2016: Consultancy for the annual reports ‘Peru: Early Crisis Warning’ [‘Peru: Krisenfrühwarnung (KIK)’] from 2012–2015 and in 2016 ‘Politökonomische Kurzanalyse 2016 (PÖK)’, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
2012–2019: Doctoral candidate at the Institute for Latin American Studies, GIGA Hamburg
2012: Organisation and documentation of the symposium ‘Prior Consultation in Latin America’ with international scholars at the congress of the Latin American Network on Legal Anthropology (RELAJU) in Sucre, Bolivia; Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)/ German Development Agency (GIZ).
2011: International research internship at the Defensoría del Pueblo (human rights ombudsman) in Lima, Peru.
2010–2011: Research internship in the project ‘Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in the Peruvian Amazon: A Challenge to Social Inclusion and Multi-Level Governance’ (Link), German Development Institute (DIE), Bonn.
• Council Member of the Amazonia Section, Latin American Studies Association (LASA, Co-chair 2020-2022)
• Advisory board of the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research (HIIK’s annual Conflict Barometer)
• Deutsche Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft (DVPW)
• Environmental Justice Network (EnJust)
• International Association of Inter-American Studies (IAS)
• International Studies Association (ISA)
• Multidisciplinary European Network on Indigenous Peoples (EMPI)
• Political Ecology Network (POLLEN)
• Red de Estudios sobre las Resistencias Indígenas (RERI).