Grad Students

Clare Beer

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Fields of Study

political economies of the environment, political ecology, state theory, land-based biodiversity conservation, re-wilding, Latin America


Eric Sheppard (Chair)

Kelly Kay (Committee)

Stephen Bell (Committee)

Susanna Hecht (Committee)


2018 AAG-CLAG Student Field Study Award

2018 Dimensions of Political Ecology (DOPE) Conference Best Graduate Student Paper Award

2017 Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant

2016 Association of Pacific Coast Geographers President's Award for Outstanding M.A. Paper

2016 Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Annual Meeting Travel Grant

2016 UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship (with Professor Eric Sheppard)

2015 UCLA Department of Geography Helin Research Travel Grant

2015 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Fellowship in Advanced Spanish


I am interested in the relationship between nature, capital, and the state. In my research, I focus on how these forces interact in spaces of land-based biodiversity conservation, such as national parks, nature reserves and other protected areas. Framing land conservation as a significant site for theorizing 'the state,' my work seeks to articulate the inherent environmentalism of state power and the mutual entanglements of ecology and economy. 


2017 M.A. Geography, UCLA 

          Thesis: Enclosing ecology? Land conservation and environmental statecraft in Chile

2008 B.A. Latin American Studies, summa cum laude, Marquette University


'Metabolism and the state: Toward a theory of environmental statecraft.' In Political Ecologies of Subjectivity & Landscape Formation. 2018 Dimensions of Political Ecology (DOPE) Conference, Lexington, KY (Feb 2018). 

'Land-based biodiversity conservation as state theory: Notes from Chile.' In Interdisciplinary Insights from the Global South. 2017 UCLA Political Sociology of the Global South Graduate Student Conference, Los Angeles, CA (May 2017).

'Land conservation as environmental statecraft: A state-theoretical approach to biodiversity protection in Chile.' 2016 Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Annual Meeting, Portland, OR (Oct 2016).

'Selling conservation: The eco-economic logics of protected areas in Chile.' In The geography of infrastructure: States, nature, capital. 2016 American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (Apr 2016).