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Archie Davies is finishing his PhD in the Department of Geography. His research explores the intellectual history of political ecology, with a focus on anti-colonial Brazilian thought. His doctoral research has studied the life and work of the geographer Josué de Castro, and the development and movement of the idea of the geography of hunger.

He has an MSc in Urban Studies and a BA in English Literature. Before his PhD, he worked in international environmental policy.


Thesis title: 'Geografia Combatente: Josué de Castro and the political ecology of hunger'

Archie's research attempts to broaden the theoretical scope of research on space, nature and social justice through deep engagements with histories of critical thought, principally from Latin America. For his Doctoral research I studied the intellectual biography of Josué de Castro (1908-73), a Brazilian geographer of hunger, politician, anti-imperialist, diplomat and activist.

Through a focus on translation as a way of fracturing monolingual understandings of the history of ideas he showed how his texts and contexts provide fertile ground for theorizing hunger and challenging anglo- and Northern-centric histories of geography. Archie analysed Castro’s scientific, political and intellectual work on nutrition and metabolism, urban ecology, underdevelopment and international environmentalism

PhD supervision

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