Dr. phil. Almut Schilling-Vacaflor
Fachbereich 1: Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften
Research Interests: Environmental governance, socio-environmental conflicts, extractive industries, agribusiness, indigenous people, human rights, Latin America
2021-present: Co-applicant and co-project leader of the research project “New forms of governing environmental sustainability and interconnected food security risks”, MISTRA Geopolitics program, funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, University of Osnabrück.
2020-present: Co-applicant and co-project leader of the research project “Bringing the social dimension into deforestation-free supply chain initiatives”, funded by FORMAS (Sweden), University of Osnabrück.
2017-2021: Post-doctoral researcher in the project “Environmental governance in telecoupled systems of inter-regional connectedness”, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), University of Osnabrück (headed by Andrea Lenschow and Jens Newig)
- Case study on the socio-environmental impacts of the soy trade between Brazil and Europe, with a focus on governance and sustainable transformation
04/2016 - 06/2017: Acting Speaker GIGA Research Team "Identities, Ideology, and Conflict"
2010 - 2017: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies, Hamburg
Since 2009: Lecturer at the University of Vienna, Department of Social Sciences
2007 - 2008: Emil Boral Grant for scientific research with peace-securing societal aims, Emil Boral Foundation, Switzerland
2007: Research Assistant, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the Sociology of Health and Medicine (LBISHM), Vienna, Austria
2005-2009: Ph.D. in Cultural and Social Anthropology in the field of Anthropology of Law, University of Vienna, Austria; Thesis: Recht als umkämpftes Terrain. Die neue Verfassung und indigene Völker in Bolivien.“ [Law as a contested terrain. The new Constitution and indigenous peoples in Bolivia] (published by NOMOS).
1999-2005: Masters Degree Course in Sociology combined with International Relations and Ethnology, University of Vienna, Austria and University of Évora, Portugal
Recent peer-reviewed articles (selection)
Schilling-Vacaflor, A. and A. Lenschow (2021). “Hardening foreign corporate accountability through mandatory due diligence in the European Union? New trends and persisting challenges”. Regulation&Governance. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/rego.12402.
Schilling-Vacaflor, A., A. Lenschow, E. Challies, B. Cotta and J. Newig (2021). “Contextualizing Certification and Auditing: Soy Certification and Local Communities’ Access to Land and Water in Brazil”. World Development. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2020.105281.
Schilling-Vacaflor, A. (2020). “Putting the French Duty of Vigilance Law in Context: Towards Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Violations in the Global South?”. Human Rights Review. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12142-020-00607-9.
Newig, J., E. Challies, B. Cotta, A. Lenschow and A. Schilling-Vacaflor (2020). “Governing Global Telecoupling Towards Environmental Sustainability”. Ecology and Society. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-11844-250421.
Schilling, J., A. Schilling-Vacaflor, R. Flemmer and R. Froese (2020). “A Political Ecology Perspective on Resource Extraction and Human Security in Kenya, Bolivia and Peru”. The Extractive Industries and Society. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2020.10.009.
Newig, J., A. Lenschow, E. Challies, B. Cotta and A. Schilling-Vacaflor (2019). “What is Governance in Global Telecoupling?”. Ecology and Society 24(3): 26. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-11178-240326.
Schilling-Vacaflor, A. and R. Flemmer (2019). “Mobilising Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) from Below: A Typology of Indigenous Peoples’ Agency”. Special Issue: Free, Prior and Informed Consent: Between Legal Ambiguity and Political Agency, edited by Martin Papillon, Jean Leclair and Dominique Leydet , International Journal on Minority and Group Rights 27(2): 291-313.
Schilling-Vacaflor, A., R. Flemmer and A. Hujber (2018). “Contesting the Hydrocarbon Frontiers: State Depoliticizing Practices and Local Responses in Peru”. World Development 108: 74-85.
Schilling-Vacaflor, A. and J. Eichler (2017). “The Shady Side of Consultation: Tactics of ‘Divide and Rule’ in Bolivia’s Resource Extraction”, Development and Change 48 (6); pp. 1439-1463.
Leifsen, E., M.T. Gustafsson, M.A. Guzmán Gallegos and A. Schilling-Vacaflor (2017). “New Forms of Participation in Extractive Governance: Between Technologies of Governance and Resistance Work“, Third World Quarterly 38(5); pp. 1043-1057.
Schilling-Vacaflor, A. (2017) “Who controls the territory and the resources? Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) as a contested human rights practice in Bolivia”, Third World Quarterly 38(5); pp. 1058-1074.
Schilling-Vacaflor, A. (2017). “‘If the company belongs to you, how can you be against it?’ Limiting Participation and Taming Dissent in Neo-Extractivist Bolivia”, in: Journal of Peasant Studies 44(3); pp. 658-676.
Flemmer, R. and A. Schilling-Vacaflor (2016). “Unfulfilled promises of the consultation approach: the limitations to effective indigenous participation in Bolivia’s and Peru’s extractive industries”, in: Third World Quarterly 37(1); pp. 172-188.
Schilling-Vacaflor, A. and R. Flemmer (2015). “Conflict Transformation through Prior Consultation? Lessons from Peru”, in: Journal of Latin American Studies, 47 (4); pp. 811-839.
Books and Special Issues (selection)
Schilling-Vacaflor, A. (2010). Recht als umkämpftes Terrain. Die neue Verfassung und indigene Völker in Bolivien. [Law as contested terrain. The new Constitution and indigenous peoples in Bolivia], series „Studien zu Lateinamerika“ (eds. Boeckh, A.; Burchardt, H.-J.; Oettler, A.; Werz, N.; and Zinecker, H.). Baden-Baden: Nomos; 290 pages.
Editorship of Books:
Leifsen, E., M.T. Gustafsson, M.A. Guzmán Gallegos and A. Schilling-Vacaflor (forthcoming). New Forms of Participation in Extractive Governance: Between Technologies of Governance and Resistance Work. London: Routledge.
Brand, U., I. Radhuber and A. Schilling-Vacaflor (2012). Plurinationale Demokratie in Bolivien. Gesellschaftliche und Staatliche Transformationen. [Plurinational democracy in Bolivia. Transformations of the society and the state]. Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot.
Nolte. D. and A. Schilling-Vacaflor (2011). New Constitutionalism in Latin America: Promises and Practices. Farnham: Ashgate.
Leifsen, E., M.T. Gustafsson, M.A. Guzmán Gallegos and A. Schilling-Vacaflor (2017). “New Forms of Participation in Extractive Governance: Between Technologies of Governance and Resistance Work“, special issue, Third World Quarterly 38(5).