I am a nature-society geographer. My primary areas of specialization are political ecology, critical resource geography, and environmental history. I have extensive research experience in the Andean region of South America, especially in Peru.
In broad terms, I am interested in three dimensions of human-environment interactions: (a) the processes through which elements of the natural world are thought of, valued, and incorporated into the economy as resources; (b) the socio-environmental implications of resource exploitation; and (c) the forms of social mobilization and protest that resource-industry expansion generates. In recent years, my research has focused on the drivers and effects of changing patterns of mineral development in Peru, in both contemporary and historical periods. Through this research, I address issues including the role of science in the identification, exploitation, and management of natural resources; the implications of shifting governance frameworks for resource-use dynamics and conflicts; and the rise of sustainability and corporate social responsibility in government and resource-industry discourse and practice. I am especially interested in the unequal impacts of resource-centered development policies, the uneven power dynamics that characterize encounters at the extractive frontier, and how historically marginalized communities organize to defend their rights and interests in the face of extractive-industry expansion.
Himley, M. 2017. Review of Environmental Governance in Latin America by Fábio de Castro, Barbara Hogenboom, and Michiel Baud (eds.). Latin American Politics and Society 59 (2): 165-168.
Himley, M. 2017. Review of Resource Extraction and Protest in Peru by Moisés Arce. Bulletin of Latin American Research 36 (1): 129-131.
Luthra, A., Y. Aoyama, M. Himley, M. T. Huber, M. B. Teitz, and E. Schoenberger. 2017. Book review forum: Nature, Choice and Social Power by Erica Schoenberger. AAG Review of Books 5 (1): 62-73.
Himley, M. 2015. Review of Social Conflict, Economic Development and Extractive Industry: Evidence from South America by Anthony Bebbington (ed.). Conservation and Society 13 (3): 321-322.
Himley, M. 2015. Review of Unearthing Conflict: Corporate Mining, Activism, and Expertise in Peru by Fabiana Li. The Extractive Industries and Society 2 (4): 840-841.
Himley, M. 2014. Review of Mining for the Nation: The Politics of Chile's Coal Communities from the Popular Front to the Cold War by Jody Pavilack. Labor History 55 (2): 248-249.
Deutz, P., M. Himley, M. Smith, K. Hargroves, and C. Desha. 2012. Cents and Sustainability: A panel on sustainable growth, politics and scholarship. The Geographical Journal 178 (2): 188-192.
Himley, M. 2016. Mining, property, and the reordering of socionatural relations in Peru. In Mining in Latin America: Critical Approaches to the New Extraction, eds. K. Deonandan and M. L. Dougherty, 208-226. New York: Routledge.
Himley, M. 2014. Los límites de la solución tecnológica: Minería, agua y poder en el Perú. In Minería, Agua y Justicia Social en los Andes: Experiencias Comparativas de Perú y Bolivia, ed. T. Perreault, 59-79. Cuzco, Peru and La Paz, Bolivia: Centro Bartolomé de las Casas and Programa de Investigación Estratégica en Bolivia.
Himley, M. 2017. Environment and development. In The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, eds. D. Richardson, N. Castree, M. F. Goodchild, A Kobayashi, W. Liu, and R. A. Marston, 1-12. Malden, Oxford: John Wiley and Sons. Available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/9781118786352.
Himley, M. 2012. Mining (Andes). In The Encyclopedia of Sustainability, Vol. 8: The Americas and Oceania: Assessing Sustainability, eds. S. G. Beavis, M. Dougherty, and T. Gonzales, 166-169. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing.
Himley, M. 2014. Mining history: Mobilizing the past in struggles over mineral extraction in Peru. Geographical Review 104 (2): 174-191.
Himley, M. 2014. Monitoring the impacts of extraction: Science and participation in the governance of mining in Peru. Environment and Planning A 46 (5): 1069-1087.
Himley, M. 2013. Regularizing extraction in Andean Peru: Mining and social mobilization in an age of corporate social responsibility. Antipode 45 (2): 394-416.
Himley, M. 2011. El género y la edad frente a las reconfiguraciones en los medios de subsistencia originadas por la minería en el Perú. Apuntes: Revista de Ciencias Sociales 68: 7-35. (Part of special issue “Minería e Impacto Social”)
Himley, M. 2010. Global mining and the uneasy neoliberalization of sustainable development. Sustainability 2 (10): 3270-3290. (Part of special issue “Political Economy and Sustainability”)
Himley, M. 2009. Nature conservation, rural livelihoods, and territorial control in Andean Ecuador. Geoforum 40 (5): 832-842.
Himley, M. 2008. Geographies of environmental governance: The nexus of nature and neoliberalism. Geography Compass 2 (2): 433-451.
2018. “Making minerals modern: Mineral science and political economy in late-nineteenth-century Peru,” paper presented at American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April
2017. “Making minerals modern: Science, legibility, and mining in late-19th-century Peru,” paper presented at XXXV International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Lima, Peru, April
2016. Panelist, "Author-meets-critics: Erica Schoenberger's Nature, Choice and Social Power," discussion panel session at American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April
2016. Panelist, "Critical environmental governance I: Power and politics in the material world," discussion panel session at American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April
2015. “Selectively integrated: Mining and development in late-19th-century Peru,” paper presented at Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, April
2015. “Territorial knowledge: Resource science, development, and the nation in late-19th-century Peru,” paper presented at Augustana College (sponsored by Geography Department, Latin American Studies, and History Department), Rock Island, IL, April
2014. “Territorial knowledge: Resource science, development, and the nation in late-19th-century Peru,” paper presented at XXXII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Chicago, IL, May