Dr. E.D. (Elisabet) Rasch
Assistant Professor

MA and PhD in Cultural Anthropology (Urecht University). Research: mining, activism, citizenship, indigenous peoples, development, ethnography. Teaching: livelihood strategies, field research methodology. Other: social media, ethics, gender.

My research topics include (indigenous) mobilization toward neo-liberal policies, development politics, mining, local politics, citizenship, and democracy. My regional specializations are Guatemala and the Philippines. I am also exploring debates around virtual ethnography, blogging and open access journals.
The topic of my research is activism against large-scale development projects that often involve the large-scale extraction of natural resources in Latin America (Guatemala), Southeast Asia (The Philippines) and Europe (The Netherlands and possibly England/Ireland in the future). Since the 1980s the number of transnational companies that have entered (often indigenous) locales with the intention of starting up large scale development projects, such as mining for gold, building hydroelectric dams and fracking for shale gas, has increased enormously. This development has everything to do with the globalization of markets and changed national legislation that makes it more attractive to companies to engage in processes of massive natural resource extraction in other countries than their own. In many cases governments have granted permits to foreign companies for exploration and/or exploitation without prior consultation of the local population. At the same time the recognition of indigenous peoples, as well as processes of decentralisation has created possibilities for (indigenous) citizens to organise themselves against such large scale development projects. My research is located at the crossroads of these developments where different actors – the state, mining companies, (indigenous) activists– engage in the struggle over development and the governance of natural resources.



  • Development Sociology
  • Action Research
  • Anthropology of Development
  • Human Rights
  • Lating America
  • Livelihood Strategies
  • South East Asia



  • Transformations in Citizenship. Local Resistance towards Mega Projects in Huehuetenango, Guatemala
    Elisabet Dueholm Rasch (2012)
    Journal of Developing Societies, 28 (2), 159-184.
  • Ecotourism, Not Mining in Palawan! Territorial Narratives on the Last Frontier (Palawan, the Philippines).
    Elisabet Dueholm Rasch (2013)
    Buscher, B. and Davidov, V. (eds.) (2013). The Ecotourism/Extraction Nexus: Rural Realities and Political Economies of (un)Comfortable Bedfellows. London: Routledge
  • Quetzaltenango’s First Mayan Mayor: Transforming Political Culture and the Politics of Belonging?
    Elisabet Dueholm Rasch (2011)
    Journal of Latin American Studies, 43(1), 121-149

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