Developing an International Relations from Environmental Histories of and for the Amazon


Diana Valencia-Duarte (Department of History and Welsh History)  and Hannah Hughes (Department of International Politics)

This project will be jointly supervised in the Department of History and Welsh History (Dr Diana Valencia-Duarte) and Department of International Politics (Dr Hannah Hughes). The successful candidate will me a member of the postgraduate community of both Departments and be provided with office space in the International Politics Building.


Aberystwyth University

Application deadline

March 1st 2024

Expected start date

September 2024

Is it a funded PhD project?

This project is funded by an EDI AberDoc Scholarship

How to apply

Please contact Hannah Hughes ( and/or Diana Valencia-Duarte ( for further details on the project and an application form.

About the project

This project aims to contribute to efforts to world IR and decolonise History by exploring the study and practice of international relations through decolonial environmental histories of and from the Amazon. The central question guiding this study is: How can participatory environmental histories from the Amazon contribute to decolonialising the study and practice of both History and IR?

This project recognises the intertwined relationship between the writing of history and the organisation of international relations in theory and practice, and aims to develop environmental histories from the Amazon to provide new ground for exploring alternative practices of international diplomacy and collective organisation.  The successful candidate will initially gather and review relevant literature on environmental histories of the Amazon. The candidate may be involved in archival research, some aspects of oral history, including the preparation and analysis of data, and the development of the appropriate interdisciplinary conceptual frameworks to undertake and inform the methodology of the research.

The successful candidate will be supported in conducting independent historical research in the Amazon Rainforest along with a diverse range of stakeholders if that is how their research project develops. Fluency in Portuguese would support the conduct of fieldwork but is not an essential requirement.