Anna Heikkinen
  • Snellmanninkatu 14 C

    00170 Helsinki


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Research interests

  • Peru
  • Andean region
  • Latin American studies
  • Natural resource politics
  • Mining – Extractive Industries
  • Water conflicts
  • Water governance
  • Resource conflicts
  • Climate change
  • Global political economy
  • Global development

Description of research and teaching

My research focuses on natural resource politics, socio-environmental conflicts and climate change in Latin America. Currently I study water conflicts and climate vulnerabilities in the Peruvian Andean region. 

I teach courses related to natural resource governance, societal change and Latin American studies. Examples of taught courses: Political ecology and natural resource politics (2021), Introduction to societal change (2022), Classics in Global Development Studies (2023).

 I also write journalistic articles on environmental issues and Latin America. My articles have been published in Helsingin Sanomat, Turun Sanomat and Maailman Kuvalehti among others.

Between 2018-2023 I worked as editor-in-chief of popular science magazine Versus which covers publications on geography and societal environmental sciences. I have also lectured on science communication in workshops organized by Versus and science journalism courses of University of Helsinki and Helsingin Sanomat. 

I have several years of experience on environmental questions and politics in Latin America. I have worked in research and development projects in Peru and in Guatemala. I have also attended academic conferences in Colombia, Cuba, Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. 

External positions

Finnish Water Diplomacy network, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Global Extractivism and Alternatives (EXALT)

Environment, Society and Development in Latin America, ESDLA

Fields of Science

  • 5203 Global Development Studies
  • political ecology
  • climate change
  • Natural resource politics
  • Water Governance
  • socio-environmental conflicts
  • water conflicts
  • extractivism
  • Mining
  • Latin American Studies
  • Andes
  • Peru
  • inequality
  • climate vulnerability
  • agrarian societities

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.