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Tom Perreault

Tom Perreault

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Tom Perreault

Professor, Geography and the Environment Department

DellPlain Professor of Latin American Geography

Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence

Senior Research Associate, Center for Environmental Policy and Administration

Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

Advisory Board Member, Program on Latin America and the Caribbean


Environment and Society (GEO 103)  syllabus  

Geographies of Environmental Justice (GEO 353)  syllabus

Geography of Mountain Environments (GEO 317)  syllabus

Latin America: Development and Environment (GEOGRAPHY 321)  syllabus

Environmental Justice in Syracuse (HNR 360)  syllabus

Food: a Critical Geography (GEO 415)  syllabus

Research Design (GEOGRAPHY 602)  syllabus

Theories of Development (GEO 705)  syllabus

Seminar in Political Ecology (GEO 755)  syllabus

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., University of Colorado, 2000


Political ecology, environmental justice, water governance, critical resource geography, mining and extractivism, rural livelihoods, agrarian political economy, indigeneity and indigenous politics, Latin America

Research Grant Awards and Projects

Meredith Professorship Project

Collaboration with undergraduate students to create an ArcGIS Story Map on environmental justice in Syracuse:

Environmental Injustice In Syracuse



2018    Rutgerd Boelens, Tom Perreault, and Jeroen Vos (editors), Water Justice. Cambridge University Press.

2015    Tom Perreault, Gavin Bridge and James McCarthy (editors), The Handbook of Political Ecology, London: Routledge.

2014    Tom Perreault (editor), Minería, Agua y Justicia Social en los Andes: Experiencias Comparativas de Perú y Bolivia (editedvolume) Cusco: Centro Bartolomé de las Casas/La Paz: PIEB.

2002    Thomas Perreault, Movilización política e identidad indígena en el Alto Napo, Quito: Ediciones Abya Yala.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Forthcoming    Claudia Díaz-Combs, Ainhoa Mingolarra Garaizar and Tom Perreault, “Water governance in Latin America.” In Oliver Fritsch and David Benson (eds.), Handbook on the Governance and Politics of Water Resources, Cheltenham (UK): Edward Elgar.

2022    Tom Perreault,Extraction and its others,” book review essay, Latin American Research Review (

2022    Riley Mulhern, Maggie Mulhern, and Tom Perreault, “Contesting the social license to operate: Competing visions and community exclusion on the Bolivian Altiplano.” The Extractive Industries and Society, 9: 100803 (

2021    Tom Perreault, “Toward a critical-geographic understanding of resource nationalism.” In Matthew Himley, Gabriela Valdivia and Elizabeth Havice (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Critical Resource Geography. London: Routledge.

2020    Tom Perreault “State of nature: On the co-constitution of resources, state and nation.” In Andrew EG Jones, Natalie Koch, Christopher Lizotte, Juho Juukkonen and Sami Moisio (eds.), Changing Geographies of the State: New Spaces of Geopolitics. Cheltenham (UK): Edward Elgar Publishing.

2020    Tom Perreault, “Climate change and climate politics: Parsing the causes and effects of the drying of Lake Poopó, Bolivia.” Journal of Latin American Geography, 19(3): 26-46.

2020    Astudillo Pizarro, Francisco and Tom Perreault 2020. “Medioambiente, agua y conocimiento en la coyuntura latinoamericana: La justicia social como matriz de los estudios socioambientales críticos,” Interview in A&P Continuidad, 7(12): 30-39.

2020    Tom Perreault, “Bolivia’s high stakes lithium gamble,” NACLA Report on theAmericas, 52(2): 165-172.

2019    Natalie Koch and Tom Perreault, “Resource Nationalism,” Progress in Human Geography, 43(4): 611-631.

2018    Tom Perreault, “Prefacio.” In Jessica Budds and María Cecilia Roa García (eds.), Equidad y Justicia Hídrica: El Agua como Reflejo de Poder en los Países Andinos. Lima: Fondo Editorial, PUCP, pp. 13-17.

2018    Tom Perreault “Energy, extractivism, and hydrocarbon geographies in contemporary Latin America.” Journal of Latin American Geography. 17(3): 235-252.

2018    Tom Perreault “Mining and development in Latin America.” In J. Cupples, M. Palomino-Schalscha and M. Prieto (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Latin American Development, London: Routledge, pp. 421-431.

2018    Tom Perreault “La memoria del agua: Contaminación minera, memoria colectiva y justicia hídrica,” in Gisselle Vila Benites y Cristóbal Bonelli (eds.), A contracorriente: agua y conflicto en América Latina. Quito: Abya Yala, pp. 95-118.

2018    Tom Perreault “The plantation and the mine: Comment on ‘After the land grab: Infrastructural violence and the “mafia system” in Indonesia’s oil palm plantation zone” by Tania Li.’ Geoforum, 96: 345-347.

2018    Tom Perreault “The meaning of mining, the memory of water: Collective experience as environmental justice,” In Water Justice, Rutgerd Boelens, Tom Perreault, and Jeron Vos (eds.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2017    Tom Perreault “Mining, meaning and memory in the Andes,” The Geographical Journal, 184(3): 229-241.

2017   Tom Perreault “Tendencies in tension: Resource governance and social contradictions in contemporary Bolivia,” In Governing Extraction, Lori Leonard (ed.), London: Routledge.

2017    Tom Perreault "Qué tipo de gobernanza para qué tipo de equidad? Hacia una teorización de la justicia en la gobernanza hídrica,” Justicia Hídrica, Bibiana Duarte, Jaime Hoogesteger and Critina Yacoub (editors).  Quito: Abya Yala.  

2017    Andrea Marston and Tom Perreault, “Consent, coercion and cooperativismo: Mining and environmental governance in Bolivia,” Environment and Planning A, 49(2): 252-272.

2017    Tom Perreault, “Governing from the ground up? Translocal networks and the politics of environmental suffering in Bolivia,” In Grassroots Environmental Governance: Community Engagements with Industry. Leah Horowitz and Michael Watts (eds.), London: Routledge, pp. 103-125.

2015    Tom Perreault, "Corrientes, colonialismos y contradicciones: Repensando los raíces y trayectorias de la ecología política," Estudios Atacameños, 51: 177-183.

2015    Tom Perreault, “Performing participation: Mining, power, and the limits of consultation in Bolivia.” Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, 20(3): 433-451.

2015    Gavin Bridge, James McCarthy and Tom Perreault, “Introduction” in The Handbook of Political Ecology, Tom Perreault, Gavin Bridge and James McCarthy (eds.), London: Routledge, pp. 3-18.

2015    James McCarthy, Tom Perreault and Gavin Bridge, “Conclusion,” in The Handbook of Political Ecology, Tom Perreault, Gavin Bridge and James McCarthy (eds.), London: Routledge, pp. 620-629.

2015   Tom Perreault, “Prólogo,” In Ecología Política en Chile: Naturaleza, Conocimiento, Propiedad y Poder, Beatriz Bustos (ed.), Santiago: Universidad de Chile, pp. 9-14.

2014    Tom Perreault, “Introducción: Minería, agua y justicia Social en los Andes,” in Minería, Agua y Justicia Social en los Andes: Experiencias Comparativas de Perú y Bolivia, Tom Perreault, (ed.), Cusco: Centro Bartolomé de las Casas/La Paz:PIEB, pp. 13-40.

2014   Tom Perreault, “Agua, minería, modos de vida y justicia social en el altiplano boliviano,” in  Minería, Agua y Justicia Social en los Andes: Experiencias Comparativas de Perú y Bolivia, Tom Perreault (ed.), Cusco: Centro Bartolomé de las Casas/La Paz: PIEB, pp. 101-124.

2014   Tom Perreault, “Beyond the watershed: Decision making at what scale?”  In Negotiating Water Governance: Why the Politics of Scale Matter, Emma Norman, Christina Cook, Kathryn Furlong (eds.), 117-124.

2014    Tom Perreault, “Participación y poder: la consulta previa y sus descontentos en el sector minero de Bolivia.” In Extractivismo minero en Colombia y América Latina, B. Göbel y A. Ulloa (eds.), Bogotá: Universidadacional de Colombia -Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut. pp. 107- 136.

2014    Tom Perreault, “What kind of governance for what kind of equity? Toward a theorization of justice in water governance,” Water International, 39(2): 233-245.

2013   Tom Perreault, “Dispossession by accumulation? Mining, water and the nature of enclosure on the Bolivian Altiplano” accepted for publication in Antipode, 45(5): 1050-1069.

2013    Tom Perreault, “Nature and nation: the territorial logics of hydrocarbon governance in Bolivia,” in Subterranean Struggles: New Geographies of Extractive Industries in Latin America, Anthony Bebbington and Jeffrey Bury (editors), University of Texas Press, pp. 67-90.

2013    Tom Perreault, “Reworking the spaces of indigeneity: the Bolivian ayllu and lowland autonomy movements compared” (with Barbara Green), accepted for publication in Environment and Planning D:Society and Space, 31: 43-60.

2013    Tom Perreault,“¿Despojo por acumulación? Minería, agua, y justicia social en el Altiplano boliviano,” In Aguas Robadas: Despojo Hídrico y Movilización Social, Aline Arroyo and Rutgerd Boelens (eds.), Quito: Abya Yala and Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, pp. 187-206.

2013    Tom Perreault, Sarah Wraight and Meredith Perreault, “Injusticia ambiental en el estado de Nueva York, EEUU: Una perspectiva integradora,” In Aguas Robadas: Despojo Hídrico y Movilización Social, Aline Arroyo and Rutgerd Boelens (eds.), Quito: Abya Yala and Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, pp. 243-264.

2012    Tom Perreault, Sarah Wraight and Meredith Perreault, “Environmental injustice in the Onondaga Lake waterscape, New York State, USA” Water Alternatives, 5(2): 485-506.

2012    Tom Perreault, “Extracting justice: Natural gas, indigenous mobilization and the Bolivian state.” In Transnational governmentality and resource extraction: Indigenous peoples, mutlinational corporations, multinational institutions and the state, Terence Gomez and Suzana Sawyer (eds.), London: Palgrave, pp. 75-102.

2011    Tom Perreault, “Las contradicciones estructurales y sus implicaciones para la justicia hídrica:Pensamientos incompletos,” in Justicia Hídrica: Acumulación, Conflicto y Acción Social,Rutgerd Boelens, Leontien Cremers and Margreet Zwarteveen (eds.), Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos/PUCP, pp. 67-77.

2010    Tom Perreault, “Conflictos del gas y su gobernanza: El caso de los Guaraní de Bolivia” Anthropologica, 28 (suplemento 1): 139-162.

2010    Tom Perreault, “Michael Watts” In P. Hubbard, R. Kitchen, and G. Valentine (eds.), Key Contemporary Thinkers on Space and Place 2nd Edition, London: Sage, pp. 454-460.

2010    Tom Perreault and Gabriela Valdivia, “Hydrocarbons, popular protest and national imaginaries: Ecuador and Bolivia in comparative context” Geoforum, 41(5): 689-699.

2010    Tom Perreault “El capitalismo, la naturaleza y la identidad social: Una teorización incompleta.”  In H. Vélez Galeano (ed.), Justicia Hídrica: 7 Ensayos Como Aportes para Articular las Luchas, Bogotá, Colombia: CENSAT Agua Vida, Amigos de la Tierra Colombia, pp. 67-79.

2010    Rutgerd Boelens, Rocio Bustamante and Tom Perreault, “Networking strategies and struggles for water control: from water wars to mobilizations for day-to-day water rights defense,” In Out of the Mainstream Water Rights, Politics and Identity, Rutgerd Boelens, David Getches and Armando Guevera Gil (eds.), (London and Washington, DC: Earthscan), pp. 281-306.

2009    Tom Perreault, “Environment and development,” in Companion to Environmental Geography. Noel Castree, David Demeritt, Diana Liverman and Bruce Rhoads (eds.), Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 442-460.

2009    Gavin Bridge and Tom Perreault, “Environmental governance,” in Companion to Environmental Geography. Noel Castree, David Demeritt, Diana Liverman and Bruce Rhoads (eds.), Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 475-497.

2009    Tom Perreault, “Assessing the limits of neoliberal environmental governance in Bolivia,” in Beyond Neoliberalism in Latin America? John Burdick, Philip Oxhorn and Ken Roberts (eds.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 135-156.

2008    Tom Perreault, “Popular protest and unpopular policies:  state restructuring, resource conflict and social justice in Bolivia”  In EnvironmentalJustice in Latin America.  David Carruthers (ed.), Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 239-262.   

2008    Tom Perreault, “Custom and contradiction: Rural water governance and the politics of usos y costumbres in Bolivia's irrigators' movement,” Annals of theAssociation of American Geographers, 98(4): 834-854.

2008    Thomas Perreault, “Geographical perspectives on Latin American social movements: a review and critique,” Geography Compass, 2(5): 1363-1385.

2008    Tom Perreault, “Natural Gas, Indigenous Mobilization, and the Bolivian State” Identities, Conflict and Cohesion Programme Paper No. 12, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), 27pp.

2007    Thomas Perreault, “De la 'guerra del agua' a la 'guerra del gas': gobernabilidad de recursos, neoliberalismo, y protesta popular en Bolivia.”  In Carlos Crespo and Susan Spronk and (eds.), Depsués de las Guerras del Agua en Bolivia, La Paz, CESU-UMSS/ Plural Editores, pp. 147-182.

2006    Thomas Perreault, “Reestructuración del estado y las políticas de escala de la gestión de agua rural en Bolivia,” in PolíticasHídricas y Derechos Campesinos e Indígenas, edited by Rutgerd Boelens (Lima, Instituto de Estudios Peruanos/ Quito, Abya Yala). 

2006    Thomas Perreault, “From the Guerra del Agua to the Guerra del Gas: Resource governance, neoliberalism, and popular protest in Bolivia,” Antipode, 38(1): 150-172.

2005    Thomas Perreault, “Why chacras (swidden gardens) persist: Agrobiodiversity, food security, and cultural identity in the Ecuadorian Amazon,” Human Organization, 64(4): 327-339.

2005    Thomas Perreault, “State restructuring and the scale politics of rural water governance in Bolivia,” Environment and Planning A, 37(2): 263-284.

2005    Thomas Perreault and Patricia Martin, Geographies of neoliberalism in Latin America,” (guest editorial and introduction to special issue), Environment and Planning A, 37(2): 191-201.

2004    Thomas Perreault, “Michael Watts” In P. Hubbard, R. Kitchen, and G. Valentine (eds.), Key Contemporary Thinkers on Space and Place, London: Sage, pp. 323-329.

2003    Thomas Perreault, Social capital, development, and indigenous politics in Ecuadorian Amazonia,” Geographical Review, 93(3): 328-349.

2003    Thomas Perreault, “'A people with our own identity': toward a cultural politics of development in Ecuadorian Amazonia,” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 21(5): 583-606.

2003    Thomas Perreault, “Changing places: transnational networks, ethnic politics, and community development in the Ecuadorian Amazon,” Political Geography, 22(1): 61-88.

2003    Thomas Perreault, “Making space: community organization, agrarian change, and the politics of scale in the Ecuadorian Amazon,” Latin American Perspectives, 30(1): 96-121.

2003    J. Montgomery Roper, Thomas Perreault and Patrick Wilson, “Indigenous transformational movements in contemporary Latin America,” (introduction to special edited issue), Latin American Perspectives, 30(1): 5-22.

2001    Thomas Perreault, “Developing identities: indigenous mobilization, rural livelihoods, and resource access in Ecuadorian Amazonia,” Ecumene, 8(4): 381-413.

2001    Anthony Bebbington and Thomas Perreault, “Vidas rurales y acceso a recursos naturales: El caso Guamote,” In A. Bebbington, and V.H. Torres (eds.), Capital Social en los Andes, Quito: Abya Yala, pp. 69-104.

2001    Thomas Perreault, Anthony Bebbington and Thomas Carroll, “Organizaciones de riego y la formación de capital social: El caso Cayambe,” In A. Bebbington, and V.H. Torres (eds.), Capital Social en los Andes, Quito: Abya Yala, pp. 105-139.

1999    Anthony Bebbington and Thomas Perreault, “Social capital, development and access to resources in highland Ecuador,” Economic Geography, 75(4): 395-418.

1998    Thomas Perreault, Anthony J. Bebbington and Thomas F. Carroll, “Indigenous irrigation organizations and the formation of social capital in northern highland Ecuador,” Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers Yearbook, 24: 1-15.

1996    Thomas Perreault, “Nature preserves and community conflict: a case study in highland Ecuador,” Mountain Research and Development, 16(2): 167-175.