Corin de Freitas is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography with a background in water governance. Her doctoral research focuses on socio-environmental and socioeconomic transformation, justice, and difference in the semi-arid Northeast of Brazil. By emphasizing de-/post-colonial themes and explicitly engaging the de-colonial imperative to "think worlds and knowledges otherwise" (in the words of Arturo Escobar), Corin hopes that her research will contribute to approaches to think beyond sustainability and its cognate concepts to imagine and enact more just and equitable environmental and economic possibilities. She is also interested in methodology and exploring methods that challenge hegemonic modes of "recognition" and move beyond dominant registers of receptivity.
Corin received her Master of Arts degree in Geography from the University of British Columbia. Her M.A. research centred on the role of economic instruments in changing modalities of decision making in Brazilian shared water governance settings. Prior to her M.A., Corin completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where she studied decision making dynamics surrounding a civil society-led river revitalization project called Meta2010. Corin received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College with majors in Government and French Language and Literature. Her Government honours thesis examined the legal and political dimensions of several approaches to addressing in-stream flow conflicts in the U.S. state of Colorado. Corin has also worked in government and elected politics.
Her doctoral committee includes Drs. Karen Bakker, Jamie Peck, and Juanita Sundberg in Geography and Dr. Leila Harris at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability.