Kieran Gilfoy

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow


Dr. Kieran Gilfoy is a recent PhD graduate from the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford. His doctoral work explores the realities, contradictions, and trajectories of resource-making in highlands of Peru. Tracing projects of social becoming for individuals and communities on the margins of the Bambas copper mine, the project highlights the everyday struggle for a ‘better life’ amidst the challenging limitations of industrial production.

As a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Gilfoy’s new research turns attention towards issues of deforestation in the Amazon of Brazil, investigating precarious livelihoods along the Tapajós River. The project will attempt to explore the existential imperatives that underpin informal labor and the relations this creates between young men and the forest that surrounds them.


DPhil (International Development), University of Oxford
MSc (African Studies), University of Oxford
BA (Political Science and Development Studies), St. Francis Xavier University

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Peer-Reviewed Articles

Gilfoy, K. ‘Global Ideals and Restorative Extraction: negotiated indigeneity on the margins of a Peruvian copper mine’, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (Accepted, forthcoming).

Gilfoy, K. ‘Mechanised Pits and Artisanal Tunnels: the incongruences and complementarities of mining investment in the Peruvian Andes’, Journal of Latin American Studies (In Press).

Gilfoy, K. 2021. ‘Toxic Endurance and Social Becoming: environmentalism in the shadows of Andean extraction’, The Extractive Industries and Society (

Gilfoy, K. 2015. ‘NGO Advocacy and Land Grabbing in Liberia: a deconstruction of the “homogenous community”’, Journal of African Affairs 11, 455: 185-205.