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Conservation Research Institute



My main research interest is the investigation of nature-society relationships in capitalism with an emphasis on the political ecology of nature conservation and urban political ecology. My current research is mainly guided by radical geographical research on the neoliberalisation of nature and neoliberal conservation, uneven development and the capitalist production of nature and space, planetary urbanisation, social-environmental justice and grassroots innovation.


My current research mainly focuses on i) the neoliberalization of nature in post-crisis Europe and neoliberal conservation with an emphasis on free market environmentalism and environmental markets, ii) environmental offsetting and extended urbanization, iii) environmental movements in the post-crisis era with an emphasis on the right to the city and how it can be linked to the right to nature, and iv) critical political economy, particularly on an analysis of the commodification of nature from the perspective of the theory of value and rent.


Teaching and Supervisions

  • Economic Globalization and its Crises
  • Human Geography Research and Analysis Skills
  • MPhil in Conservation Leadership

Other Professional Activities

  • 2018-present: Co-Editor, ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies.

  • 2011-present: Research Fellow in Earth System Governance Project.
  • 2005-2012: Freelance journalist on environmental and political issues.
University Lecturer
Dr Elia  Apostolopoulou

Contact Details

Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Downing Place