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Rickard Lalander

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Rickard Lalander
Senior Lecturer
Alfred Nobels allé 7
Södertörns Högskola
Phone: +46 8 608 5248

Associate Professor/Senior lecturer in environmental sciences, specialized in global development studies.



Ph.D. (2004) and Associate Professor/Docent (2009) in Latin American studies, Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki.

At Södertörn University, I currently teach some courses in development and environmental studies.

My teaching and research activities are characterized by interdisciplinarity, with influences from development studies, cultural, legal and environmental sociology, political science, gender studies, social ecology and area studies. Since some decades I have specialized on the political, social, cultural and economic development in Latin America, particularly in Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela. I am particularly interested in analytical issues of identity-politics and throughout the years I have published a number of studies focusing on distinct identitarian complexities in specific socio-political settings (from the angles of class, ethnicity, gender, religion and ecologism).

At the University of Helsinki I teach and supervise within the programmes of development studies, political science, Latin American studies and Area and Culture studies. At Mid Sweden University I previously taught sociology, mainly methods and theory. Moreover, I am associated researcher at the Institute of Latin American Studies, Stockholm University, and also collaborate with a number of academic institutions in Latin America.

Rights of Nature - Nature of Rights. Neo-Constitutionalism and Ethno-Ecologist Resistance in Bolivia and Ecuador

Since 2013, my principal research project deals with the rights of nature and the Indigenous peoples in the context of welfare politics and extractive industries in new constitutional settings. In both countries, the indigenous principles of Sumak Kawsay/Suma Qamaña (vivir bien/buen vivir, right livelihood) have been constitutionally established as well as the right to prior consultation of affected peoples (and implicitly to free, prior and informed consent). The project thus analyzes the constitutional tensions and contradictions between ethno-environmental concerns and economic developmentalist politics. 

The first publications of the project examined the welfare-development-extractivism dilemmas of Bolivia and Ecuador in a moral philosophical framing regarding the rights of nature/the environment and human beings. 

The project is supported by FORMAS (The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning) for the period 2013-2016. 


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