Plenary speakers

Dr. Robin Broad, Professor of International Development at American University’s School of International Service and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. She heads SIS’s International Development Program’s unique curricular offerings on rethinking globalization and development and on environment and development with a focus on social, environmental, and economic accountability. She has a wide range of professional experiences – from international economist in the US Treasury Department and US Congress to work with civil-society organizations in the Philippines and El Salvador. Her most recent work is a book called The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved a Country From Corporate Greed (2021) co-authored with John Cavanagh.


As a Canada Research Chair-Indigenous Environmental Justice, cross-appointed with Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Professor McGregor has been at the forefront of Indigenous environmental justice and Indigenous research theory and practice. Over the years, she has achieved international recognition through her creative and innovative approach using digital and social media to reach Indigenous communities and the public. Her work has been shared through the IEJ project website and UKRI International Collaboration on Indigenous research.

Lochner Marais is a Professor of Development Studies at the Centre for Development Support at the University of the Free State (UFS). He is also an honorary professor at the Sustainable Minerals Institute (University of Queensland, Australia). He serves on the editorial board of Habitat International and is also the Speciality Chief Co-editor for the Cities in the Global South section of the journal, Frontiers in Sustainable Cities. His research interests include housing policy, small cities and towns (mining and renewable towns and cities) and public health focusing on children. In addition to concentrating on each of these themes separately, he focuses on integrating them. Marais has authored, co-authored and compiled more than 250 research reports, including 180 refereed articles in peer-reviewed journals or books. These include 127 journal articles and 48 book chapters. He has also co-edited nine books.  He has a specific passion for creating and managing interdisciplinary projects and prefers research focusing on real-world problems in housing policy, mine-community relations and mine closure and urban health.

Andréa Zhouri is a Professor of Anthropology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, where she created the Group of Environmental Studies (GESTA) and the undergraduate course in SocioEnvironmental Sciences. Her research interests have been developed under a Political Ecology perspective with themes like Socio-Environmental Conflicts and the effects of Large Projects such as Mining, Hydroelectric Dams as well as Disasters. She has been an active member of several scientific associations, as the National Association for Research and Postgraduate Studies in Social Sciences (ANPOCS) and the Brazilian Association of Anthropology (ABA), where she also coordinates the Committee on Traditional Peoples, Environment and Large Projects. She is a CNPq (National Council of Development and Technology) researcher and advisor to the Brazilian Anthropology Association presidency on environmental issues. Zhouri has published articles and books about mining, large dams, environmental conflicts and deregulation in Brazil. Some of her latest works available in English include: Dossier Mining, Violence and Resistance. Vibrant Issue, V. 14,n. 2, 2017 and Laschefski & Zhouri Indigenous peoples, traditional communities and the environment: the ‘territorial question’ under the new developmentalist agenda in Brazil In: Puzone, V. & Miguel, Luis Felipe (eds). The Brazilian Left in the 21st Century. Palgrave MacMillan, 2019.