Synneva Geithus Laastad

Doctoral Research Fellow - Department of Sociology and Human Geography
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Academic interests

  • Environmental and resource politics
  • Extractive industries
  • Qualitative methods and discourse analysis
  • Geographical focus: Latin America

Research Project

The overarching aim of my PhD research project is to understand which contextual factors condition and structure national debates, public perceptions and political decision-making regarding oil extraction in vulnerable areas in the Peruvian and Ecuadorian Amazon. This will be achieved through a close investigation of the trajectories of two politicized and emblematic oil fields on each side of the border: Lote 192 in Peru and Yasuní-ITT in Ecuador. Research questions include: Which discourses and spatial imaginaries are mobilised by the different actors, how are these connected to national identity and which political action do they condition? How is economic and political path-dependency on natural resource extraction articulated in the two countries, and to which degree does it resonate in the population generally and stakeholders specifically?

Courses taught


  • PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, August 2017 - present
  • MA in Human Geography, University of Oslo, 2016
  • BSc in Environmental Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2012. 


Tags: Human Geography
Published Sep. 4, 2017 3:18 PM - Last modified Feb. 4, 2019 6:15 PM