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University of York
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rural history, environmental history, Andes, peasants, indigenous people, political ecology, conservation, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia
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About Me
My research is situated on the crossroads of rural history, Andean ethnohistory, environmental humanities and critical global studies. Over the last 10 years, I lived and worked in Belgium, Bolivia, Peru, the UK and Colombia, researching issues around communal land rights and land reform, commodity frontiers and peasant-indigenous protest, mining, and socio-environmental conflicts.
I currently research changing human-nature relations in peasant communities of the Colombian páramos as part of the NERC-funded project ‘Integrating ecological and cultural histories to inform sustainable and equitable futures for the Colombian páramos’ at the University of York.
I am a founding member of the Belgian Latin America network ENCUENTRO
Recent Publications

Cottyn, Hanne. 2019. Making cheap nature on high altitude : a world-ecological perspective on commodification, communities and conflict in the Andes. In: Commodity frontiers and global capitalist expansion. Joseph, S. (ed.). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 15-56. (Studies in Economic History).

Beeckaert, Esther, Sander Berghmans, Dieter Bruneel, Hanne Cottyn, Pieter De Reu, Marjolein Schepers, Tobit Vandamme, and Sven Van Melkebeke. 2018. “The ‘Societal Turn’. Historicizing Future Society ( .” TSEG/ Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History 15 (2-3): 113–128.

Cottyn, Hanne. 2018. “Property Demythologized : Historical Transformations and Spatial Hierarchies of Land Regimes.” In The Routledge Handbook of Transregional Studies ( , ed. Middel Matthias, 243–251. Londen: Routledge.

Cottyn, Hanne. 2018. “The Open-field System and the Persistence of Communal Land Systems : Lessons from the Andes.” In Peasants and Their Fields : the Rationale of Open-field Agriculture ( , C. 700-1800, ed. Christopher Dyer, Erik Thoen, and Tom Williamson, 16:207–232. Turnhout: Brepols.

Cottyn, Hanne. 2017. “A World-systems Frontier Perspective to Land : Exploring the Uneven Trajectory of ( Land Rights Standardization in the Andes .” Journal of World-systems Research 23 (2): 515–539.

Cottyn, Hanne. 2017. “Tierra, Comunidad y Vivir Bien : La Trayectoria Histórica De Las Tierras Comunitarias En El Altiplano Boliviano.” In Ecología y Reciprocidad : (con)vivir Bien, Desde Contextos Andinos, ed. Koen de Munter, Jacqueline Michaux, and Gilberto Pauwels, 177–205. La Paz: CEPA, Plural, TARI.

Cottyn, Hanne, Javier Jahncke, Luis Montoya, Ela Pérez, and Mattes Tempelmann, eds. 2016. Las Luchas Sociales por la Tierra en América Latina: Un Análisis Histórico, Comparativo y Global. ( Lima, Peru: Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Bolivia, Colombia
Expertise by Geography
Latin America
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Environment, Indigenous Peoples, Rural & Agrarian History