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Kelsey Alford-Jones

Exploring Linkages Between Development Finance and Socio-Environmental Conflict: A Case Study of IDB Lending to Institutions for Energy and the Environment in Guatemala (MA ’20)

Kelsey is a PhD candidate, focusing on qualitative research spanning the fields of global climate and environmental politics, political ecology, development policy, human rights law and environmental conflict. She is particularly interested in how global policies and transnational financial flows influence patterns of state violence and local conflict. Kelsey spent the last 10 years advocating on related issues in Latin America, serving as the Executive Director of the US-based Guatemala Human Rights Commission and campaigning at the Center for International Environmental Law. Kelsey earned a degree in History and Spanish from Grinnell College and participated in the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University’s Washington College of Law. She was a 2019 Fellow at Berkeley’s Human Rights Center and is a co-coordinator of the Guatemala Scholar-Activist Working Group.