University of Calgary

Ana Watson

  • Doctoral Student

Research Interests


Ana Watson is a PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Calgary. She is part of the Environmental Policy & Governance research group wherein she focuses on the human dimensions of environmental conservation in Liquified Natural Gas extraction projects in Latin America. She holds a MA degree in Environment and Development from the Pontifical University of Peru, and BSc in Life Science. Her background includes more than 8 years in pastoralism and grassland ecology projects; as well as biodiversity conservation action plans for energy extraction in the Amazon. As a multicultural female researcher, her interest is understanding the narratives and power dynamics behind accepted levels of socio-environmental impacts of hydrocarbon and transition minerals projects in Latin America that typically affects indigenous rights, and biodiversity conservation and climate change goals.

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


MA. Environmental Development
Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú)

B.Sc. Life Science Engineering (Animal Science)
National Agrarian University La Molina, Peru (Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina)


International Forum Presentations:

  • United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Business & Biodiversity Forum 2015, Finland. Invited speaker on “Biodiversity and Business: The View from the Oil Sector”.              

Organizing Event:

  • International Panel Organizer.  “COVID-19 and Indigenous Resistance: Territorial Pluralism and inequalities in Lithium extraction in Chile”. Panel accepted and to be presented at the 2021 Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Conference. Vancouver, May 2021.
  • Organizing Committee Member. First Graduate-led Annual Rethinking Latin American Studies from the South (RLASS) Symposium - Calgary Institute for the Humanities. Calgary, February 2021.

Online Blog and Publications:

  • Watson, A; Davidsen, C. “Conservation, Economic Reactivation and COVID-19 in Peruvian Amazon Indigenous Communities” International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)- Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy News. Switzerland, June 2020. Here 
  • Watson, A; Davidsen, C. “Covid-19 and Extraction Pressures in the Peruvian Amazon”. The North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) Report, June 2020. Here
  • Watson, A; Davidsen, C. “Reactivación Económica y una Pandemia en Comunidades Indígenas Amazónicas Peruanas”. LAG-UK Latin America Geographies RGS-IBG working group (Royal Geographical Society). May 2020. Here


  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
  • Women in Energy Peru (WIN).
  • Women in Conservation Latin America.
  • Writing Symbols Lodge of the University of Calgary (Previously Native Centre).

Relevant Work Experience

  • Science, Technology and Policy Fellow. Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research  - IAI.  (Apr. 2021 – Present)
  • Research Assistant. University of Calgary: International Project: Incorporating Local and Traditional Knowledge Systems: New Insights for Ecosystem Services and Transdisciplinary Collaborations (Aug. 2019 – Present)
  • International Development Graduate Intern. Alinea International. Canada (Jan. 2021 - May. 2021)
  • Graduate Student Fellow in Residence. Latin American Research Centre at the University of Calgary. (Sept. 2019 – April 2020)
  • Research Assistant. Institute for Peace and Development Ghana Extractive Industries Global Program Learning Question 1: What Conditions Stimulate Citizenship Engagement for Greater Accountability in Public Financial Resource Management? (Feb. 2019 – Jun. 2019)
  • Biodiversity Analyst. Repsol Oil and Gas. Peru (Nov. 2010- Jul. 2016)
  • Academic Assistant and Co-Researcher. Institute for the Sciences of Nature, Territory and Renewable Energies - Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (Jul. 2007- Nov. 2010)



Current Studies

  • Doctoral Student
    Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
    Supervisor: Conny Davidsen
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