manuela-ruiz-reyesManuela Ruiz Reyes


2020: Ph.D. Geography, Syracuse University

2016: Certificate in Advanced Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Syracuse University

2015: M.A. Geography, Syracuse University
Advisor: Tom Perreault

2007: B.A. Ecology. Universidad Javeriana. Bogotá-Colombia.

Research interests

Political ecology, agrarian studies, feminist theory.

Awards and fellowships

2013-2016: Watson Fellowship.

2014: Fundación Alejandro Ángel Escobar. Beca Colombia Biodiversa.

2013: Roscoe-Martin Fund, Syracuse University.

Current Research

Campo para los jóvenes. Territory, Identity and Livelihood: the Challenges of Young Campesina/o in Contemporary Colombia.


Ordenamiento Ambiental Territorial en las Zonas de Reserva Campesina de Colombia. Paper presentation. Panel: Causas, medios y discursos de la resistencia en Colombia. Latin American Studies Association (LASA), 50th Conference, New York City, May 2016.

The State as Medusa. Environmental Land Uses Planning in the Colombian Amazon. Paper presentation. Panel: Environmental Statecraft. Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference. Lexington, KY, February 2016.

Environmental Governance and Development Planning: The case of the Peasant Reserve Zones of Colombia. Paper presentation. Micropolitics of environmental governance, institutional arrangements and grassroots development panel. AAG Annual Meeting 2015 Chicago.


Spanish: native language.

English: advanced
TOEFL score (Nov.2012): 115/120.

French: advanced

French Alliance in Bogotá, Intermediate Level, July 1999.

Centre d’études Linguistiques d’Avignon- CEILA. Advanced Level (Nov.1999).

Portuguese: intermediate

Brazil-Colombia Cultural Institute – IBRACO, Levels 1-6 (2008- 2011).


Ruiz Reyes, M. 2015. Territorio y ambiente en las Zonas de Reserva Campesina de Colombia. Eutopía. 8, 45-56

Stocks, A., Ruiz Reyes, M., and C. Rios Franco. 2016. GIS and the A´i of Colombia: Reserves, Resguardos and the Future. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research. Forthcoming.

Ruiz, M.; Buttkus, E., Enríquez, A.C., Hernández, M., Muñoz, L. López, J.H.; Erazo, C.E. & Arango, J. 2010. Guía para la elaboración de planes de manejo de Reservas Naturales de la Sociedad Civil. Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia, RESNATUR, CVC, Serankwa. Bogotá.


Association of American Geographers (AAG)

Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

Asociación Red Colombiana de Reservas Naturales de la Sociedad Civil (RESNATUR)