Grad Students

Clare Beer



Contact Information

Email    clarebeer@g.ucla.edu
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Fields of Study

Geographical political economy, political ecology, capitalist state theory, conservation governance, re-wilding, Latin America

Advisors

Eric Sheppard 

Kelly Kay 

Susanna Hecht

Stephen Bell

Liz Koslov (Urban Planning & IoES)

Awards

2019 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award (DDRA) Fellowship

2018 Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Annual Meeting Travel Grant

2018 UCLA Alumni Association Fellowship

2018 UCLA International Institute Fieldwork Fellowship

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

Research

I am interested in the politics of land-use, especially land-use for conservation, and what these can tell us about the relationship between nature, capital, and the state. By framing land conservation as a significant site for theorizing 'the state,' my work seeks to articulate the inherent environmentalisms of state power and the complex entanglements of ecology and economy. I am currently working on a project that asks how a large-scale, public-private partnership for land-based biodiversity protection in Chilean Patagonia is impacting national conversations about nature, the economy, and conservation-as-development.

Degrees

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

Presentations

''More profitable than copper': The new politics of conservation in Chile.' 2018 Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Annual Meeting, Reno, NV (Oct 2018). 

'Metabolism and the state: Toward a theory of environmental statecraft.' In Geopolitical ecologies I: (Re)Assessing state-nature relationships2018 American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (Apr 2018). 

'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).