Mr Harry Quealy

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I am a SEED-funded PhD student in Human Geography. I am undertaking research on the politics of climate-resilient development and hydrosocial relations in rural Sri Lanka. More specifically, my research will seek to critically investigate how imaginaries of climate-resilient futures are constructed, used to govern water-society dynamics, and importantly how this (unevenly) impacts smallholder farmers in rural Sri Lanka.

I hope that my research will contribute towards re-politicising the overtly technical understandings of climate change adaptation, rural development, and water governance in Sri Lanka and more broadly. By doing so, this research aims to help identify new and alternative avenues towards more just and transformative climate-resilient futures.

Methodologically, I am interested in exploring qualitative methods that seek to address the power imbalances imbued in field research (e.g., counter cartographies, transect walks, etc).

I am lucky enough to be undertaking my PhD under the supervision of Dr. Nate Millington, Dr. Alison Browne, and Prof Erik Swyngedouw. I am a member of the Society and Environment Research Group (SERG) and the Agrarian Change and Political Ecology Research Group (within the Global Development Institute).


Areas of expertise


  • political ecology, climate change adaptation, water governance, nature-society, rural development, vulnerability

Education / academic qualifications

  • Master of Arts, Master of International Development Practice, Monash University (2018 - 2019)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of International Studies, Deakin University (2014 - 2017)

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