The Pierina gold mine has transformed landscapes, livelihoods, and community water systems in highland Peru. ©Adam French

The Pierina gold mine has transformed landscapes, livelihoods, and community water systems in highland Peru. ©Adam French

Mining, Water, and Rural Livelihoods

I did not originally intend to study the mining sector, but the magnitude of the industry's impact on global freshwater resources and its role in the transformation of local ecosystems and livelihoods in the Andes demanded my attention. As a result, I have analyzed mine-community relations in Peruvian watersheds, especially strategies of attempted mine entry into rural communities. I have also collected testimonies about the mining sector's impacts on ecosystems and water quality through household surveys, interviews, and participatory risk-mapping activities. I am particularly interested in the relationship between mining, water contamination, and public health.

Representative Publications

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French, A. et al. (2016) Coyuntura Crítica: Cambio climático, globalización, y la doble exposición del sistema socio-hidrológico de la cuenca del Río Santa, Perú (written in Spanish by first author). In Julio Postigo and Kenneth Young (eds.), Perspectivas Socio-Ecológicas, Actividades Productivas y Cambios Globales en América Latina. Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos.

French, A., Barandiaran J., & Rampini, C. (2015) Contextualizing conflict: Vital waters and competing values in glaciated environments. In Christian Huggel, Mark Carey, John Clague, and Andreas Kääb (eds.), The High Mountain Cryosphere: Environmental Changes and Human Risks. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.