Malene K Brandshaug is working on her postdoctoral project Rights of Waters: An ethnographic study of human-environment relations and indigenous mobilisation in Peru and Norway. She is a member of the research project Riverine Rights: Exploring the Currents and Consequences of Legal Innovations on the Rights of Rivers.
Malene is a social anthropologist with her PHD from School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University, and her MA from Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo. She has done long-term ethnographic fieldwork among small-scale farmers in the Peruvian Andes twice since 2013.
Her research interests concern human-nature relations and in particular water practices and environmental change, including topics such as nature management, environmental protection, water politics, indigeneity, infrastructure, development, and (de)coloniality. She is inspired by the fields of more-than-human anthropology, political ecology, science and technology studies (STS), feminist materialism, socio-legal studies and environmental humanities.