Latin American and Latino Studies

Anthony Bebbington

Anthony Bebbington, Ph.D.

Higgins Professor of Environment and Society
Professor of Geography
Graduate School of Geography
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Email: abebbington@clarku.edu
Phone: (508) 793-7370

Curriculum Vitae
Research Website


Anthony Bebbington is Higgins Professor of Environment and Society and Director of the Graduate School of Geography. He is also a Research Associate of the Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales, Peru and a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, and has held fellowships from the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, the Free University and Ibero-American Institute of Berlin, the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, the Fulbright Commission and the Inter-American Foundation. Tony’s work addresses the political ecology of rural change with a particular focus on extractive industries and socio-environmental conflicts, social movements, indigenous organizations, livelihoods. He has worked throughout South and Central America, though primarily in Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, and more recently in El Salvador. See the following websites for more on this research: innovacionesinstitucionales.wordpress.com; www.sed.manchester.ac.uk/research/andes; www.sed.manchester.ac.uk/research/socialmovements; http://industriasextractivas.wordpress.com.

His research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), Ford Foundation, International Development Research Centre (Canada), World Bank, National Science Foundation (through his doctoral students), British Academy, International Institute for Environment and Development (UK) and the bilateral international cooperation programs of the governments of the UK, Netherlands, Sweden and Finland. In recent years his closest collaborations have been with Rimisp-Latin American Center for Rural Development (www.rimisp.org), the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in El Salvador (www.marn.gob.sv), the Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (www.cepes.org.pe), the Centro de Estudios Regionales de Tarija (www.cerdet.org.bo) and the University of Manchester (www.sed.manchester.ac.uk).

Fellowships and Awards

2013 Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Queensland, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining.

2011 Fellow, Instituto Ibero-Americano/Free University, DesiguALdades.net, Berlin, Germany

2010 Robert McC. Netting Award, Cultural and Ecology Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers

2009 Elected to the National Academy of Sciences, USA

2006-10 Economic and Social Research Council Professorial Research Fellowship.

2003 United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Academic Fellow

2000 World Bank, Spot Award, Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development Department

1998-9 Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, Hewlett Fellow

Selected Publications

Recent Books

In press. Subterranean Struggles: New Dynamics of Mining, Oil and Gas in Latin America A. Bebbington and J. Bury (eds.) Austin: University of Texas Press.

2013. Industrias extractivas, conflicto social y dinámicas institucionales en la región andina. A Bebbington (ed.). Lima. Instituto de Estudios Peruanos

2012. Social Conflict, Economic Development and Extractive Industry: Evidence from South America. (editor). London. Routledge.

2011. Los Movimientos Sociales y la Política de la Pobreza en el Perú. A. Bebbington, M. Scurrah, C. Bielich. Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos.

2011. Minería, movimientos sociales y respuestas campesinas: una ecología política de transformaciones territoriales. (editor) Lima. Instituto de Estudios Peruanos/Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales. (2nd edition with new introduction)

2008. Institutional pathways to equity: addressing inequality traps. A. Bebbington, A. Dani, A de Haan, M. Walton (eds.). Washington DC. World Bank.

2008. Can NGOs Make A Difference? The Challenge of Development Alternatives. A. Bebbington, S. Hickey, D. Mitlin (eds.). London. Zed.



Recent Journal Articles

Forthcoming. “Global land governance: from territory to flow?” T. Sikor, G. Auld, A.J. Bebbington, T. Benjaminsen, B.S. Gentry, C. Hunsberger, A-M Izac, M.E. Margulis, T. Plieninger, H. Schroeder and C. Upton Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability

In press. Scurrah, M., Chaparro, A., Bebbington, A. in press “El Estado Compensador peruano y la persistencia del modelo neo-extractivista: seis hipótesis sobre el (no-) cambio institucional.” Debate Agrario

2013. “Evaluating the effects of common-pool resource institutions and market forces on species richness and forest cover in Ecuadorian indigenous Kichwa communities.” J. Oldekop, A. Bebbington, K. Hennermann, J. McMorrow, D.A. Springate, B. Torres, N.Truelove, N. Tysklind, S. Villamarín and R. Preziosi Conservation Letters doi:10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00297.x

2012. “Underground political ecologies” Geoforum 43(6): 1152-1162.

2012. “Co-occurence patterns of common and rare leaf-litter frogs, epiphytic ferns and dung beetles across a gradient of human intervention.” J. Oldekop, A. Bebbington, N.Truelove, N. Tysklind, S. Villamarín and R. Preziosi PLoS One7(6) e38922. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0038922

2012. “Environmental impacts and scarcity perception influence local institutions in indigenous Amazonian Kichwa communities” J. Oldekop, A. Bebbington, N. Truelove, G. Holmes, S. Villamarín, R. Preziosi Human Ecology DOI 10.1007/s10745-011-9455-2

2011. “An Andean Avatar: Post-neoliberal and neoliberal strategies for securing the unobtainable.” A Bebbington and D. Humphreys Bebbington New Political Economy 15(4): 131-145.

2011. “Testing the Accuracy of Non-Experts in Biodiversity Monitoring Exercises using Fern Species Richness in the Ecuadorian Amazon.” J. Oldekop, A. Bebbington, F. Berdel, N. Truelove, T. Wiersberg, R. Preziosi Biodiversity and Conservation 20(12): 2615-2626

2010. Social Movements and Poverty in Developing Countries UNRISD Civil Society and Social Movements Programme Paper Number 32, October 2010. United Nations Research Institute for Social Development: Geneva (http://www.unrisd.org/publications/pp-bebbington).

2010. “Decentring poverty, reworking government: movements and states in the government of poverty” Journal of Development Studies. A Bebbington, D. Mitlin, J. Mogaladi, M. Scurrah, C. Bielich 46(7):1304-1326.

2010. “Anatomy of a Regional Conflict: Tarija and Resource Grievances in Morales’ Bolivia.” D. Humphreys Bebbington and A. Bebbington. Latin American Perspectives vol. 37 no. 4 140-160.

2010. “Understanding the lessons and limitations of conservation and development” J.Oldekop, A. Bebbington, D. Brockington, R. Preziosi. Conservation Biology24(2): 461-469.

2010. “Extraction, territory and inequalities: gas in the Bolivian Chaco” D. Humphreys Bebbington and A. Bebbington Canadian Journal of Development Studies 30(1-2): 259-280.

2010. “Trusteeship, ethnography and the challenge of critique in/of development.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 100(1): 229-232 (part of a forum on Tani Li’s The Will to Improve).

2010. “La Nueva Extracción: ¿Se re-escribe la ecología política de los Andes?” Umbrales vol. 20 (Universidad Mayor San Andres, Bolivia)

2009. “Contesting environmental transformation: political ecologies and environmentalisms in Latin America and the Caribbean” Latin American Research Review 44(3): 177-186.

2009. “Institutional challenges for mining and sustainability in Peru” A. Bebbington and J. Bury Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106:17296-17301.

2009. “Actores y ambientalismos: Continuidades cambios en los conflictos socioambientales en el Perú” Iconos vol. 35, A. Bebbington and D. Bebbington.

2009. “The World Development Report 2009 ‘reshapes economic geography’: geographical reflections” J. Rigg, A. Bebbington, K.Gough, D. Bryceson, J. Agergaard, N.Fold, Cecilia Tacoli. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 34 (2): 128-136.

2009. “Latin America: contesting extraction, producing geographies” Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 30(1): 7-12.

2009. "Please Mr. Bebbington, don't come here and tell us what to do." Antipode 41(1): 190-193.

2008. Institutional pathways to equity: addressing inequality traps. A. Bebbington, A. Dani, A de Haan, M. Walton (eds.). Washington DC. World Bank.

2008. Can NGOs Make A Difference? The Challenge of Development Alternatives A. Bebbington, S. Hickey, D. Mitlin (eds.). London. Zed.

2008. "Social Movements and the Dynamics of Rural Development in Latin America" A.Bebbington, R. Abramovay, M. Chiriboga (eds.) Special section of World Development 36(12).

2008. “Contention and ambiguity: Mining and the possibilities of development” A. Bebbington, L. Hinojosa, D. Humphreys Bebbington, M.L. Burneo, X. Warnaars Development and Change 39(6):887-914.

2008. “Water and mining conflicts in Peru.” A. Bebbington and M. Williams Mountain Research and Development 28 (3/4):190-195.

2008. "Social movements and the dynamics of rural territorial development in Latin America" A.Bebbington, R. Abramovay, M. Chiriboga World Development 36(12): 2874-2887.

2008. "Mining and social movements: struggles over livelihood and rural territorial development in the Andes" A. Bebbington, D. Humphreys Bebbington, J. Bury, J.Lingan, J.P.Muñoz and M. Scurrah World Development 36(12): 2888-29056.

2008. “Social capital and development studies III: social capital and the state (seen from Peru)” Progress in Development Studies 8(3): 271-279.

2008. "La sostenibilidad social de los recursos rurales: apreciaciones a partir de los conflictos mineros en Latinoamérica" Debate Agrario 42: 31-78(reprinted in J. Schuldt, A. Acosta, A. Barandiarán, A Bebbington, M. Folchi,CEDLA, A. Alayza y E. Gudynas 2009 Extractivismo, Poítica y Sociedad. Quito: CAAP/CLAES).

2007. Development success: statecraft in the South. A. Bebbington and W. McCourt (eds.). London. Palgrave Macmillan.

2007. Investigación y cambio social: desafíos para las ONG en Centroamérica y México A.Bebbington (ed.). Guatemala City. Editorial de Ciencias Sociales.

2007. Minería, movimientos sociales y respuestas campesinas: una ecología política de transformaciones territoriales. (editor) Lima. Instituto de Estudios Peruanos/Centro Peruano de Esudios Sociales.

2007. Mining and development in Peru, with special reference to the Rio Blanco Project, Piura. A. Bebbington, M. Connarty MP, W. Coxshall, H.O'Shaughnessy, M. Williams. London. Peru Support Group. Translated and published in Peru as: Minería y Desarrollo en Perúcon especial referencia al Proyecto Río Blanco, Piura. A. Bebbington, M. Connarty, W. Coxshall, H.O'Shaughnessy, M. Williams. Lima. Instituto de Estudios Peruanos/CIPCA/Oxfam International/Peru Support Group.

2007. "Social movements and the politicization of chronic poverty" Development and Change 38(5): 793-818.

2007. "Reclaiming Development? NGOs and the Challenge of Alternatives." D. Mitlin, S. Hickey and A. Bebbington World Development 35(10): 1699-1720.

2007. "Social capital and development studies II: can Bourdieu travel to policy?" Progress in Development Studies vol. 7 no. 2: 155-162.

2007. "Of texts and practices: empowerment and organizational cultures in World Bank-funded rural development programmes" A. Bebbington, D. Lewis, S. Batterbury, E. Olson and S. Siddiqi Journal of Development Studies 43(4): 597-621.

2006. “Local capacity, village governance and the political economy of rural development in Indonesia” A. Bebbington, L. Dharmawan, E. Farmi and S. Guggenheim World Development 34(11): 1958-1976.

2006. “Transnational development networks” A. Bebbington and U. Kothari Environment and Planning A 38(5): 849-866.

2006. "El desarrollo de base y los espacios públicos de concertación local en América Latina" A. Bebbington, G. Delamaza y R. Villar Debate Agrario 40/41: 299-324. (Reprinted in C. Filgueiras and C. de Faria (eds.) 2008 Governo local e políticas urbana e social na América do Sul. Belo Horizonte. Editora PUC Minas, Brazil).

2006. "Los espacios públicos de concertación local y sus límites en un municipio indígena: Guamote, Ecuador" Debate Agrario 40/41:381-404.

2006. The search for empowerment. Social capital as idea and practice at the World Bank. A. Bebbington, M. Woolcock, S. Guggenheim and E. Olson (eds.). West Hartford. Kumarian.

2005. “Donor-NGO relations and representations of livelihood in nongovernmental aid chains” World Development 33(6): 937-950.

Articles and Chapters

Forthcoming. “The rural transformation”, J. Berdegué, T. Rosada, A. Bebbington in The Oxford Handbook of Development.  Oxford. Oxford University Press.

Forthcoming. Bradford S. Gentry, Thomas Sikor, Graeme Auld, Anthony J. Bebbington, Tor A. Benjaminsen, Carol A. Hunsberger, Anne-Marie Izac, Matias E. Margulis, Tobias Plieninger, Heike Schroeder, and Caroline Upton 2012  "Decision Making, Governance, and Institutions".  In K. Seto and A. Reenburg (eds.)  Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era.  Cambridge. MIT Press (Ernst Strungmann Forum Series).

2013 “Crossing Boundaries.” America’s Quarterly  7(1): 112-118

D. Humphreys Bebbington and A. Bebbington 2013 “Post-what? Extractive industries, narratives of development and socio-environmental disputes across the (ostensibly changing) Andean region.” , in H. Haarstad (ed.) 2012 New Political Spaces in Latin American Natural Resource Governance. Oxford. Palgrave Macmillan.

Hinojosa, L., Bebbington, A. and Barrientos, A 2012 “Social Policy and State Revenues in Mineral Rich Countries”. pp. 91-121 in K. Hujo (ed.) 2012. Mineral Rents and the Financing of Social Policy. Opportunities and Challenges. New York. Palgrave Macmillan

L. Hinojosa, J.P. Pablo Chumacero, G. Cortez, A. Bebbington, 2012 “Dinámicas territoriales rurales y formación de territorios asociadas a la industria del gas en Tarija, Bolivia.”, pp. 26-41 in L. Hinojosa (ed). Gas y Desarrollo: Dinámicas territoriales rurales en Tarija - Bolivia. La Paz. Fundación Tierra y CERDET.

L. Hinojosa, J.P. Pablo Chumacero, G. Cortez, A. Bebbington 2012 “Conclusiones.”, pp. 237-242 in L. Hinojosa (ed). Gas y Desarrollo: Dinámicas territoriales rurales en Tarija - Bolivia. La Paz. Fundación Tierra y CERDET.

2012. "Underground political ecologies." Geoforum 43(6) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2012.05.011

Forthcoming: "Evaluating the effects of common-pool resource institutions and market forces on species richness and forest cover in Ecuadorian indigenous Kichwa communities." J. Oldekop, A. Bebbington, K. Hennermann, J. McMorrow, D.A. Springate, B. Torres, N. Truelove, N. Tysklind, S. Villamarin and R. Preziosi. Conservation Letters.

Forthcoming: "The rural transformation." J. Berdegue, T. Rosada, A. Bebbington in The Oxford Handbook of Development. Oxford. Oxford University Press.

2012. "Environmental impacts and scarcity perception influence local institutions in indigenous Amazonian Kichwa communities." J. Oldekop, A. Bebbington, N. Truelove, N. Tysklind, S. Villamarin and R. Preziosi. PLoS One 7(6)e38922. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0038922

2012. "Post-what? Extractive industries, narratives of development and socio-environmental disputes across the (ostensibly changing) Andean region." D. Humphreys Bebbington and A. Bebbington, in H. Haarstad (ed.) 2012 New Political Spaces in Latin American Natural Resource Governance. Oxford. Palgrave Macmillan.

In press: "Negotiable Differences? Conflicts Over Mining and Development in South East Ecuador." X. Warnaars, A. Bebbington in G. Hilson and E. Gilberthorpe (eds.) Natural Resource Extraction and Indigenous Livelihoods: Development Challenges in an Era of Globalisation. London. Ashgate.

In press: "Formacion de territorios bajo la expansion de la industria del gas en Tarija, Bolivia." Hinojosa, L; Chumacero, J.P.; Cortez, G. and Bebbington, A. in J. Berdegue and F. Modrego (eds.) De Yucatan a Chiloe. Dinamicas territoriales rurales en America Latina. Buenos Aires. Editorial Teseo.

2012. "Social Policy and State Revenues in Mineral Rich Countries." Hinojosa, L., Bebbington, A. and Barrientos, A. pp. 91-121 in K. Hugo (ed.) 2012. Mineral Rents and the Financing of Social Policy. Opportunities and Challenges. New York. Palgrave Macmillan.