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Mariana Walter

Mariana Walter

Research Fellow Ramón y Cajal


Mariana Walter is an environmental social sciences researcher and teacher working in the fields of political ecology, environmental sociology and ecological economics. Mariana has a Phd from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA- Autonomous University of Barcelona). Mariana´s research addresses environmental governance, social metabolism, environmental mobilization, environmental justice, resource extraction conflicts and the role of social movements in socio-environmental transformations. She has conducted research stays in Spain (UPF), UK (School of International Development-UEA, Manchester U.), Argentina (Gino Germani- UBA), the Netherlands (International Institute of Social Studies ISS- Erasmus University) and Ecuador (Flacso, U. Andina).

Background and education

  • (2014) PhD, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


  • 2022Awarded with Ramon y Cajal Fellowship
  • 2022Awarded the Individual Call to Scientific Employment Stimulus - 6th Edition. Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal. (not accepted)
  • 2020Co-Winner of the 2020 Sustainability Science Best Paper Awards. Menton, M., Larrea, C., Latorre, S., Martinez-Alier, J., Peck, M., Temper, L., Walter, M. (2020)  Environmental Justice and the SDGs: from synergies to gaps and contradictions. Sustainability Science 15, 1621–1636.
  • 2016Juan de la Cierva Post-doctoral Scholarship (not accepted)

Professional memberships & affiliations

  • Environmental Justice Atlas Board member (ejatlas.org)


Research interests

  • Political Ecology
  • Post-Development studies
  • Ecological Economics
  • Sustainability
  • Global Environmental Justice

Selected publications

  • Scheidel, Arnim; Fernández-Llamazares, Álvaro; Bara, Anju; Del Bene, Daniela; David-Chavez, Dominique; Fanari, Eleonora; Garba, Ibrahim; Hanaček, Ksenija; Liu, Juan; Martínez-Alier, Joan; Navas, Grettel; Reyes-García, Victoria; Roy, Brototi; Temper, Leah; Aye Thiri, May; Tran, Dalena; Walter, Mariana; Powys Whyte. Kyle

    2023.Global impacts of extractive and industrial development projects on Indigenous Peoples’ lifeways, lands, and rights.Science Advances,9 (23), eade9557LinkLogo open access
  • Rodriguez, Iokiñe; Walter, Mariana; Temper, Leah

    2023.Just transformations: grassroots struggles for alternative futures.Pluto press.LinkLogo open access
  • Conde, Marta; Walter, Mariana

    2022.Knowledge Co-Production in Scientific and Activist Alliances: Unsettling Coloniality.Engaging Science, Technology, and Society,8(1):150–170LinkLogo open access
  • Conde, Marta; Walter, Mariana; Wagner, Lucrecia; Navas, Grettel

    2022.Slow justice and other unexpected consequences of litigation in environmental conflicts.Global Environmental Change,83, 102762LinkLogo open access
  • Walter, Mariana; Wagner, Lucrecia

    2021.Mining struggles in Argentina. The keys of a successful story of mobilization.Extractive industries and Society,8(4)LinkLogo open access
  • Temper, Leah; Avila, Sofia; Del Bene, Daniela; Gobby, Jennifer; Kosoy, Nicolas; Lebillion, Philippe; Martinez Alier, Joan; Perkins, Patricia; Roy, Brototi; Scheidel, Arnim; Walter, Mariana

    2020.Movements shaping climate futures: A systematic mapping of protests against fossil fuel and low-carbon energy projects.Environmental Research Letters,15, 123004LinkLogo open access
  • Temper, Leah; Walter, Mariana; Rodriguez, Iokiñe; Kothari, Ashish; Turhan, Ethemcan

    2018.A perspective on radical transformations to sustainability: resistances, movements and alternatives.Sustainability Science,13(3):747-764LinkLogo open access
  • Walter, Mariana; Urkidi, Leire

    2017.Community mining consultations in Latin America (2002-2012): The contested emergence of a hybrid institution for participation.Geoforum,84:265-279LinkLogo open access
  • Urkidi, Leire; Walter, Mariana

    2017.Environmental Justice and Large-scale mining.In:

    Ryan Holifield, Jayajit Chakraborty and Gordon Walker (Eds)

    The Routledge Handbook on Environmental Justice.Routledge.Link
  • Walter, Mariana; Latorre, Sara; Munda, Giuseppe; Larrea, Carlos

    2016.A social multi-criteria evaluation approach to assess extractive and non-extractive scenarios for Íntag, Ecuador.Land Use Policy,57 (30):444–458Link
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