Anna Sveinsdóttir, PhD

Anna Sveinsdóttir is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the IL Lab.

Dr. Sveinsdóttir earned her PhD in Geography from the University of Denver in May 2019. Her research interests relate to socio-environmental challenges; especially as they concern natural resource extraction, land rights, the politics of livelihoods and justice. Much of Dr. Sveinsdóttir’s research is rooted in human-environmental geography and political ecology, and is shaped by her international and interdisciplinary background.

Dr. Sveinsdóttir’s doctoral research at the University of Denver examined corporate-community conflicts relating to extractive industries and hydropower development in Guatemala. This research focused on how the complex configurations of corporate-government networks shaped political actions in resource conflicts. She also explored the internal perspectives of the extractive sector, government authorities, and Guatemala’s powerful elite. Finally, Dr. Sveinsdóttir examined the increasing culture of legalism in environmental struggles in Guatemala, where corporations and grassroots movements conducted their struggles through ‘lawfare,’ raising important questions about the changing dynamics of environmental governance, political participation and contestation.

Dr. Sveinsdóttir’s past research at the University of Oslo used a political ecology approach to examine conflicts relating to changing land tenure and tourism development in Nicaragua, for which she received the Norwegian Association for Development Research Master thesis award.

Forthcoming publications:

Sveinsdóttir, A., Aguilar-Støen, M. and Bull, B. “This is not a game”: Shaping political actions ‘from above’ in environmental conflicts in Guatemala. [Journal article submitted as part of special issue Engineering extraction and land control: Examining political (re)actions ‘from above’ in Political Geography.]

Sveinsdóttir, A., and Aguilar-Støen, M. From the streets and to the courts: The judicialization of environmental struggles in Guatemala. [Journal article in preparation]

Sveinsdóttir, A., and Aguilar-Støen, M. Imagining the ‘Emerald Coast’: Insecure land tenure, property disputes and tourism development. [Book chapter in preparation as part of Springer brief on tourism in Nicaragua]

Sveinsdóttir, A. Violent extractivism and grassroots resistance: The case of the Escobal silver mine in southeastern Guatemala. [Journal article in preparation]