Evelyn Arriagada

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Evelyn Arriagada

PhD Student

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Research Interests

Community-based research, Gender, Human right to water, Participatory action research, Water governance, Water security


Evelyn Arriagada is a Ph.D. student at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (UBC), supervised by Professor Leila Harris. At UBC, she is a member of EDGES Research Collaborative (Environment and Development: Gender, Equity and Sustainability).

Her research interests include subjective experiences of environmental suffering, collective action, and political linkages, and gender-environment relationships in territorial conflicts. Her PhD thesis will be focused on women’s activism in water struggles in Chile. Following a Feminist Political Ecology approach, she wants to understand potential shifts in personal identities, gender dynamics, and relationships with water that women experiment through the process of becoming activists. Her Ph.D. program is supported by the Chilean Commission of Science and Technology by its scholarship program “Becas Chile”, as well as a supplementary scholarship from the Diego Portales University (Chile).

Evelyn is an anthropologist and MA in social sciences, both from the Universidad of Chile and also MA in Political and Social Sciences, from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain). Before joining IRES, she has worked as an Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator at the Sociology Department of the Diego Portales University. Since 2016, she has led the Territorial and Environmental Inequalities Research Programme in the Observatory of Social Inequalities at that university, in which she has researched, taught, and worked with non-academic organizations about different environmental conflicts in Chile.