Clare Beer

Clare Beer

Graduate Student



Research interests: geographical political economy, political ecology, capitalist state theory, conservation governance, environmental philanthropy, Latin America


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


I am interested in the politics of land-use, especially land-use for conservation, and what these politics suggest 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 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 biodiversity protection in Chilean Patagonia is articulating with national conversations about nature, the economy, and conservation-as-development.

Selected Publications

Beer, C.M. (2022). Bankrolling biodiversity: The politics of philanthropic conservation finance in Chile. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. doi: 10.1177/25148486221108171

Grants & Awards

2022 AAG Economic Geography Specialty Group Student Paper Award

2022 AAG Latin America Specialty Group Student Paper Award

2021 UCLA Department of Geography Barbara Maida Award for Outstanding Female Scholars

2021 AAG Rural Geography Specialty Group Student Paper Award

2021 UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship

2020 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award for Teaching Assistants

2019 UCLA Department of Geography Graduate Student Teaching Award

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

2018 APCG Annual Meeting Travel Grant

2018 UCLA Alumni Association Fellowship

2018 UCLA International Institute Fieldwork Fellowship

2018 AAG Conference of Latin American Geographers Student Field Study Award

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

2017 Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant

2016 APCG President’s Award for Outstanding M.A. Paper

2016 APCG Annual Meeting Travel Grant

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

2015 UCLA Department of Geography Helin Research Travel Grant

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

Courses & Presentations

‘Philanthropic Capital for Public Conservation Finance in Chile.’ In Reimagining Geographies of Public Finance for Justice and Abolition. AAG Annual Meeting, Virtual (Feb 2022).

‘Bankrolling Biodiversity: Philanthro-environmentalism & Not-for-profit Conservation Finance in Chile.’ In Between Democracy and the Market: Conservation Along the Southern Andes. RAI Anthropology and Conservation Conference, Virtual (Oct 2021).

‘Philanthro-environmentalism & Project Finance for Permanence in Chilean Patagonia.’ APCG Annual Meeting, Virtual (Oct 2021).

‘Big Philanthropy, Big Conservation, and Resource Spectacle in Chilean Patagonia.’ In Geographies of Environmental Spectacles & Speculation. AAG Annual Meeting, Virtual (Apr 2021).

‘Inventando el Estado Conservacionista: Fronteras de Ecología y Economía en la Patagonia.’ Sesiones de Investigación, Programa de Doctorado en Territorio, Espacio y Sociedad. Universidad de Chile (Aug 2019).

‘More Profitable than Copper?: The New Politics of Conservation in Chile.’ APCG Annual Meeting, Reno, NV (Oct 2018).

‘Metabolism and the State: Toward a Theory of Environmental Statecraft.’ In Geopolitical Ecologies. AAG Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (Apr 2018).

‘Metabolism and the State: Toward a Theory of Environmental Statecraft.’ In Political Ecologies of Subjectivity & Landscape Formation. DOPE Conference, Lexington, KY (Feb 2018).

‘Land-based Biodiversity Conservation as State Theory: Notes from Chile.’ In Interdisciplinary Insights from the Global South. 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.’ APCG 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. AAG Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (Apr 2016).


Eric Sheppard

Kelly Kay

Susanna Hecht

Stephen Bell

Liz Koslov (Urban Planning & IoES)