Manuela Lavinas Picq is Professor of International Relations at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador, and Loewenstein Fellow at Amherst College, USA. She contributes to international media outlets and has held research positions at Freie Universität (2015), the Institute for Advanced Study (2013), and the Woodrow Wilson Center (2005). Her research focuses on Indigenous and Sexuality Politics in Latin America and International Relations. She is the author of Vernacular Sovereignties: Indigenous Women Challenging World Politics (University of Arizona Press 2018), and co-editor of Queering Narratives of Modernity (with Maria Amelia Viteri, Peter Lang 2016) and Sexualities in World Politics (with Markus Thiel, Routledge 2015). Her publications appeared in peer-reviewed journals like Latin American Politics and Society, Cahiers du Genre, and International Political Science Review. Her work at the intersection of scholarship, journalism, and grassroots activism has won her a nomination as New Generation of Public Intellectuals in 2018.
For the session about "Neo-extractivism and Regional Development" at the 2019 Edinburgh Latin American Forum, Manuela will share important perspectives of resistance to extractivism from indigenous nature defenders, also in relation to her forthcoming article about “Resistance to Extractivism and Megaprojects in Latin America.” titles, paragraphs & more.