Lecturer, School of Geography and Sustainable Development


Dr Jessica Hope is a lecturer in Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. As a political ecologist, she works across critical development studies and geography and researches the underlying knowledges, logics and politics that underpin human/non-human relations in the face of climate change. More specifically, recent research has investigated the early-take of the SDGs in Bolivia (a place where there are both intensifying commitments to resource extraction and radical development alternatives) and plans to achieve sustainable development by building an ambitious road network across the Amazon. She is a on the editorial board at Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers and editor at Geoforum Journal. She has previously held posts at the University of Bristol, University of Cambridge & UCL. Her PhD is from the Global Development Institute (GDI), University of Manchester.

Selected publications

Hope, J., 2021. The anti‐politics of sustainable development: Environmental critique from assemblage thinking in Bolivia. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 46(1), pp.208-222.

Hope, J., 2022. Driving development in the Amazon: Extending infrastructural citizenship with political ecology in Bolivia. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 5(2), pp.520-542.

Hope, J., 2022. Globalising sustainable development: Decolonial disruptions and environmental justice in Bolivia. Area, 54(2), pp.176-184.

Hope, J., 2021. Conservation in the Pluriverse: Anti-capitalist struggle, knowledge from resistance and the ‘repoliticisation of nature’in the TIPNIS, Bolivia. Geoforum, 124, pp.217-225.

Atkins, E. and Hope, J., 2021. Contemporary political ecologies of hydropower: insights from Bolivia and Brazil. Journal of Political Ecology.