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Juan Antonio Samper

Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS)

About me

Currently, I am a doctoral researcher at Lund University´s Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS). I hold a law degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia) and a Master´s degree in sustainability science from Lund University.

I have experience in conducting ethnographic research in the Andean-Amazonic region of Putumayo, Colombia and policy analysis on environmental politics focused on Green New Deals. I have a broad interest in the study of social movements, political ecology, and governance.

About my research

My research will involve analyzing both the discursive and material elements associated to the concept of defending the territory, and its relationship to peace, development, conservation, and social resilience. 

This research involves a two-fold analysis. On the one side, the extent to which the defense of the territory in the Colombian Andean-Amazonic region of the Putumayo is a form of collective action that fills the gap left by political institutions in delivering the peace, development, and conservation that people desire and were promised in the peace agreement of 2016. On the other side, to further understanding about social resilience by analyzing how communities in Colombia have withstood social, political, economic, and ecological upheaval in the context of a protracted armed conflict.