José Antonio Cortés Vázquez

jose_antonio_cortes_vazquezJose A Cortes Vazquez is a social and environmental anthropologist, specialising in the study of environmental governance, nature conservation and sustainable livelihoods in Europe. He received his PhD from the Pablo Olavide University (Spain, 2011) as well as a BSc in Environmental Sciences (Pablo Olavide, 2005) and an MA in Social Anthropology (University of Kent, 2009). He has worked as researcher and lecturer at the University of Manchester, University of Sheffield, the Pablo Olavide University, University College London and National University of Ireland Galway, before joining the University of A Coruña as InTalent research fellow in 2017.

In the last decade, through ethnographic work and more than a dozen publications, Jose has made a contribution to the study of the political and historical dimensions of nature/society relations and conflicts and the critical examination of sustainability, top-down policies and centre-periphery relations within the EU as these are performed in natural protected areas policies and people-park conflicts in Spain and Ireland. He has also contributed to the political ecology of environmental discourses in land-use planning and neorural movements in Spain. At present, he is engaged in a detailed examination of the neoliberalization of environmental governance in post-crisis Europe through the study of the roll-back of the state from nature conservation and the roll-out of new institutions and market mechanisms. Through these past experiences he has carved out a niche for research on the intersections of institutions, legal frameworks and social movements in environmental governance after the 2008 crisis. He has already initiated work in this new field through research collaboration with colleagues in Spain on participatory policies in heritage governance, including natural heritage. His goal for the near future is fully to develop his expertise in this new field through new research work and publications.


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