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Dr Edyta Materka


Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2777
Room Number: Geography Building, Room 202


Edyta joins the School of Geography to work with Dr Simon Reid-Henry.

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship project: Peasant Struggles in the Age of Disaster Capitalism

How do peasant societies put themselves back together again after natural disasters? Drawing from exploratory fieldwork and relief work experience in post-disaster Thailand, Haiti, Malawi, Nepal, Fiji, and the Philippines since 2005, Peasant Struggles examines how, in recovery efforts, subsistence-based communities are increasingly jeopardised by resurgent colonial labour systems, land-grabbing, and humanitarian utopianism. It explores how post-disaster zones, monopolised by public and private sector interests alike, are emerging sites of agrarian transformation as peasants recalibrate old strategies of accommodation and resistance to access ever-conditional aid whilst devising new ways to reclaim agency over their land, labour, and way of life.


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