Dr Naomi Millner
BA(Cantab.), MSc(Bristol), PhD(Bristol)
- Migration Mobilities Bristol
Senior Lecturer in Human GeographySchool of Geographical Sciences
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Naomi is a political geographer who explores the knowledge politics surrounding the making and management of global ‘environments’ in the context of changing global agendas for sustainability and changing terrains of conflict. Major themes in her work include citizenship rights, legal aspects of tenure and displacement, environmental expertise, and the construction of sustainable futures – especially in relation to the movement of new paradigms for biodiversity conservation around the world.
Geographically, Naomi’s work focuses on transforming rural environments in Latin America, especially Colombia, Guatemala and El Salvador. Her research follows how new globalising agendas for sustainability and the rise of new technologies for environmental monitoring (such as drones) transform and affect the contexts within which they are introduced – against historical backdrops of coloniality, long-term conflict, disputes over land rights and citizenship, and unevenness in terms of access to resources. Naomi’s work explores how conservation has become a vehicle for the militarisation of conflicted areas – but also how rural communities are using conservation technologies to defend tenure rights and articulate other visions of environmental futures.
Methodologically Naomi mobilises ethnographic and participatory approaches in combination with oral histories and archival work to explore and elicit dimensions of situated cultural struggle. Through this approach she aims to help co-create social histories and resistance practices that challenge colonial and exclusionary power relations.
Naomi's research interests for teaching and supervision include:
- Post-colonial, de-colonial and political ecology approaches to environmental politics, with a focus on the politics of knowledge
- The cultural politics of race, nature and social exclusion
- Food justice, agrarian social movements and food sovereignty, especially in the context of Central America
- Concepts of 'commons' and 'commoning'
- Migration, border politics and transnational forms of belonging
- Theories of politics and aesthetics, especially Walter Benjamin, Jacques Rancière and decolonial theories
- Community education, radical education and pedagogies for social change, including feminist approaches
- Environmental monitoring and digital monitoring practices.
Projects and supervisions
01/01/2022 to 31/03/2022
Drones In The Forest: Exploring The Political Ecologies Of Emerging Environmental Monitoring Technologies In Conflicted Conservation Areas (Colombia And Guatemala)
01/10/2020 to 30/11/2022
European Network for Community Wellbeing and Resilience
DescriptionThis Brigstow Ideas Exchange 2020 Project explores the possibility of establishing a European Network for Community Wellbeing and Resilience.
The exchange will explore how different European community projects, social movements, researchers,…
Managing organisational unitSchool of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
06/04/2020 to 30/07/2021
Food as a commons: setting an innovative research and impact agenda for the future of food in the UK
DescriptionOur project brings together practical and theoretical approaches to food as a commons to reflect on the opportunities and main obstacles of this transition, identify the milestones and think of…
Managing organisational unitUniversity of Bristol Law School
01/10/2018 to 31/07/2019
01/08/2018 to 31/07/2021
Governing the soil: Natural farming and bionationalism in India
Agriculture and Human Values
Geographies of authority
Progress in Human Geography
Militarisation Under COVID-19:
Frontiers in Human Dynamics
- E-pub ahead of print
More-than-Human witnessing? The politics and aesthetics of Madre Tierra (Mother Earth) in transnational agrarian movements
Unsettling feelings in the classroom:
Journal of Geography in Higher Education