2023-2024 Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative Predoctoral Fellow
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Alexandra Lamiña <> is a Kitu-Kara Native woman Geographer, Urban Planner, and Amazonia advocate from Ecuador. She is a doctoral candidate in Latin American studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her previous work focused on Indigenous geographies and regional planning in Ecuadorian Amazonia. Working in the Indigenous Amazonia with the Kichwa Nation has inspired her work to support territoriality and political representation processes since 2010. She has also participated in international collaborations for geographical assessments in Indigenous and Afro-Latin descent politics of territorial rights and autonomy in Bolivia, Colombia, and Brazil and participatory planning studios in informal areas of the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Her doctoral research examines how Indigenous people in Ecuadorian Amazonia transform colonial urbanization through Indigenous knowledge production, gendered mobilities, and Indigenous planning. Her study also includes training and knowledge co-production with Indigenous women in geospatial research and feminist Indigenous geographies to connect diverse epistemological perspectives from global south-north research with urban development practice. Alexandra’s work has been published in Cultural Geographies, World Development, and Investigaciones Geográficas UNAM. She is co-author of The Ethnocartography of Sumak Allpa in the book: Radical Cartographies published by the University of Texas Press.  She is also deeply committed to improving Amazonian cities’ institutional responses to gender-based discrimination, violence, and inequality. Towards this end, She serves as a community researcher for Amazonian Indigenous Organizations to promote the creation of a specialized group to prevent Indigenous gender violence.

Project: “Indigenous Geospatial Mobility: Agency, Gender, and Urbanization in Ecuadorian Amazonia”