Research Team

Dr Allan Gillies is a research fellow at the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow.  His research focuses on the political economy of illicit resources in Latin America, examining how such resources intersect with conflict, livelihoods and informal systems of governance.

Dr Mo Hume is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow.  Her research focuses on how multiple and overlapping forms of violence are perceived by those who live in (post) conflict contexts.  Mo has applied insights from feminist theory and practice to understand violent processes and women’s responses to these, carrying out extensive fieldwork in Central America, particularly El Salvador.

Dr Neil Burnside is Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow in the School of Engineering, University of Glasgow.  His main research interests lie in the fields of applied geoscientific engineering and environmental resilience, encompassing a range of geoenergy engineering challenges.  Neil’s current research focuses on optimising sustainable, low-carbon, energy and water resource development strategies in order to maximise their potential, while simultaneously minimising their associated environment impacts.

Dr Nick Mount is Associate Professor of Hydroinformatics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham.  His past work has focussed on how novel machine learning and artificial intelligence methods can be adopted to deliver improved predictions for river and hydrological systems. More recently, Nick’s research has explored the role of humans in hydrological and fluvial systems and the need for modelling approaches that can represent the interplay between physical and social systems.

Dr Richard Teeuw is a Reader in applied geomorphology and remote sensing at the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth.  He began his career at the University of Stirling, examining the Sierra Leone diamond deposits, then worked with mining companies prospecting for river gold in Borneo and Guyana.  Richard’s research focuses on low-cost uses of satellite imagery for assessing hazards, vulnerability and risk in low-income countries.

Dr Nasos Argyriou is a Research Fellow in the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth. His research focuses on geoinformatic applications for mapping hazardous terrain, land use change, urbanisation, landscape analysis and predictive modelling.  His current interests include using satellite radar to detect and monitor deforestation, the development of multi-criteria decision analysis and applications of object based image analysis.

Dr Nelly Montcoudiol is a research assistant at the School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, UK. Nelly is a hydrogeologist with international fieldwork experience. Her main research interests relate to groundwater quality issues whether due to anthropogenic activities or natural processes. Nelly’s recent research focuses on the impact of the exploitation of natural resources on water resources.

Co-Investigators – Universidad Tecnologica del Choco

Dr Alex Mauricio Jiménez Ortega is a biologist, focusing on natural resources, tropical biodiversity management and ecology.  He is director of the research group on Wildlife Management of Chocó, and Deputy Director of the Planning Office of the Autonomous Corporation for the Sustainable Development of Chocó.

Dr Lucy Marisol Renteria Mosquera is a tenured professor, leading UTCH’s masters and doctoral programs in Education. Her research interests include teacher training, education, media and popular culture, and diversity training.

Karol Miguel Rumie Renteria is a lecturer in UTCH’s Teleinformatics Engineering Programme.

Edward Caicedo Zuarez is lecturer of Chemistry, Didactics, Pedagogical Models and Curricular Design at UTCH. He is associate editor of the Journal of the Faculty of Educational Sciences and Member of the Research Group in Education and Media.

Katty Romaña Córdoba is lecturer in the Social Work program, teaching Anthropology and Communication. Her research interests include the impact of armed conflict in Afro-Colombian territories, critical discourse analysis and media democratisation.

Teresa Marina Ochoa Palacios specialises in Educational Psychology and Administration.  Her research interests include: adult literacy, ethno-education, project evaluation, social and public policies, regional development, management and leadership of NGOs, cultural theories and cultural studies communication.

Orfelina Rios Medina specialises in Biology teaching in the Faculty of Natural Sciences. She leads the management of the mammal and fauna collection for research purposes at UTCH.

Research Partners

SCIAF (the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund) has been working in Chocó since 2008. As Chocó is the poorest area of Colombia, the region forms a key focus of SCIAF’s work in the country. SCIAF works with local communities in Chocó, particularly those located in the Atrato river basin, through local partner organisations, and in collaboration with Colombian and UK institutions and International networks.

ABColombia develops the collective advocacy work on Colombia of Christian Aid, Oxfam, SCIAF, Trócaire and CAFOD. This advocacy work is rooted in the experiences of the grassroots communities with whom they work.

Tierra Digna is a Colombian organisation dedicated to the defence of communities affected by economic policies and projects that threaten their territories and lead to human rights violations and environmental devastation.  Tierra Digna is working closely with communities in Chocó to support the implementation of the T-622 ruling.

Pastoral Social – Diocese of Quibdó seeks to advance human rights and the peaceful resolution of conflict, through community building in the areas of education, development, participation, exchange and support of civil society.  It aims to facilitate the social inclusion of adults, children and adolescents, in the life of their communities.

Research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, grant number ES/S001883/1