Iokine Rodriguez-Fernandez

Senior Lecturer

Iokiñe Rodríguez is a sociologist who uses local environmental knowledge and participatory action-research to help transform environmental conflicts and achieve environmental justice.

Part of DEV’s Global Environmental Justice Group, her work on environmental conflict transformation focuses on issues of local history, local knowledge, power, environmental justice, equity and intercultural dialogue. This has led to her building local and institutional capacity to transform environmental conflicts in Venezuela, Guyana, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and Colombia.

Iokiñe Rodríguez is also co-founder of ‘Grupo Confluencias’, a consortium of Latin American conflict resolution practitioners, researchers and institutions who develop processes for environmental conflict transformation, a Honorary member of the ICCA (Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas) Consortium and a member of the Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives (CICADA)


Her current key projects include:

  • INDIS  (2018-2021) The Indigenous Interaction for Sustainable Sustainable Development project aims to understand the ways indigenous communities on three continents have responded to changing, and sometime extreme environmental conditions in terms of their wellbeing and ecosystems. Their knowledge of sustainable development and climate mitigation and adaptation can inspire innovations and social, economic and environmental policies. Link for web team:
  • School, territory & post-conflict (2018-2021) – this project aims to build a local culture of peace in South Tolima, Colombia, developed through schools. Teachers, schools and community leaders from four municipalities are all involved with the design and development of a pedagogical strategy for peace-building and territorial development. The project uses action-research to make visible the experiences that children, teenagers, teachers, parents and community leaders have had with the armed conflict and an increase in environmental conflicts (some of which have links to climate change) and the different local strategies they have developed over the years to deal with such conflicts. Link for web team:


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Rodriguez, I. (2020). Latin American Decolonial Environmental Justice. In Brendan, C. (Ed) Environmental Justice. Key Issues. Earthscan from Routledge. ISBN 9780367139933. 344 Pps.

Martin, A., Armijos, M.T., Coolsaet, B., Dawson, N., Edwards, G., Few, R., Gross-Camp, N., Rodriguez, I., Schroeder, H., Tebboth, M. and White, C. (2020) Environmental Justice and Transformations to Sustainability, Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development. 63:1

Skrimizea, E., Lecuyer, L., Bunnefeld, N., Butler, J.R.A., Fickel, T., Hodgson, I., Holtkamp, C., Marzano, M., Parra, C., Pereira, L., Petit, S., Pound, D., Rodríguez, I., Ryan, P., Staffler, J., Vanbergen, A.J., Van den Broeck, P., Wittmer H. & Young, J.C. (2020) Sustainable agriculture: Recognizing the potential of conflict as a positive driver for transformative change, In: ‘ The Future of Agricultural Landscapes’ – Advances in Ecological Research, (63),

Rodriguez, I and M. Inturias (2020) Challenges to intercultural democracy in the Plurinational State of Bolivia. case study of the Monkoxɨ peoples of Lomerío. Beyondevelopment.net

Fisher, J., Duffy, J., He, J., Inturias, M., Lehmann, I., Martin, A., Mwayafu, D., Rodriguez, I. & Schneider, H. (2020) Conservationists’ perspectives on poverty: an empirical study. People and Nature.

Rodriguez, I and M. Inturias (2020) Bolivia: contribution of indigenous people to fighting climate change is hanging by a thread. The Conversation. February 11, 2020.

Martin, A., Kebede, B., Gross-Camp, N., He, J., Inturias, M. & Rodriguez, I. (2019) Fair ways to share benefits from community forests? How commodification is associated with reduced preference for equality and poverty alleviation.  Environmental Research Letters. 20 March 2019.

Gross-Camp, N., Rodriguez, I., Martin, A., Inturias, M. & Massao, G., The type of land we want: Exploring the Limits of Community Forestry in Tanzania and Bolivia. 19 Mar 2019. Sustainability. 11, 6, 1643.

Rodríguez, Iokiñe & Mirna Liz Inturias (2018) Conflict transformation in indigenous peoples’ territories: doing environmental justice with a ‘decolonial turn’, Development Studies Research, 5:1, 90-105, DOI: 10.1080/21665095.2018.1486220

Temper, Leah, Mariana Walter, Iokine Rodriguez, Ahish Kothari, Ethemcan Turham (2018)  A perspective on radical transformations to sustainability: resistance, movement and alternatives. Sustain Sci (2018).

Rodriguez, I. 2017. Linking well-being with cultural revitalization for greater cognitive justice in conservation: lessons from Venezuela in Canaima National Park. Ecology and Society 22(4):24.

Rodriguez, Iokiñe and Inturias, Mirna (2016). Cameras to the people: reclaiming local histories and restoring environmental justice in community based forest management through participatory video. Alternautas 3(1): 32-49.

Martin, A, B. Coolsaet, E. Corbera, N. Dawson, J. Fraser, I. Lehmann and I. Rodriguez. (2016) Justice and Conservation: the need to incorporate recognition. Biological Conservation. 197 (2016) 254–261.

Rodríguez I., Bjørn S., Bilbao B., Sanchez-Rose I. & Leal A. (2013) Speaking of fire: reflexive governance in landscapes of social change and shifting local identities. Journal of Environmental Policy Making and Planning. DOI:10.1080/1523908X.2013.766579.

Sletto, B. and I. Rodriguez (2013). Burning, Fire Prevention and Meanings of Landscape among the Pemon, Gran Sabana, Venezuela: toward an Inter-Cultural Approach to Wildland Fire Management in Neotropical Savannas. Journal of Environmental Management, 115 (2013) 155-166

Rodríguez, I. (2007).  Pemon perspectives of fire management in Canaima National Park, Venezuela. Human Ecology. 35(3):331-343. (Published On-line First: 13 December 2006).