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School of Geography

Mariana Reyes


PhD student

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2744
Room Number: Bancroft Building, Room 2.08


Research interests
The Anthropocene, political ecology, science and art museums, environmental activism, climate justice, decolonial theory.

PhD project
Decolonising futures: representations of the Anthropocene in the contemporary museum space
I combine feminist, critical race and decolonial discourse, science and technology studies, and museum studies in order to examine the role of museums in the projections and performances of the Anthropocene. The primary objective is to discuss museums and art installations as agents that promote understanding of ‘a new age of humans’. In this respect, I analyse museums’ philosophy and practice to critically review their role in communicating current science that informs personal positions and actions.

Academic background

  • BA Biology – Universidad de Guadalajara
  • MSc Environment, Culture and Society - University of Edinburgh


  • Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT)

Conference papers

  • 2019. ‘The post-human museum: curating the Anthropocene’ Art in the Anthropocene. Trinity College Dublin.
  • 2019. ‘Communicating the science of a new epoch: representations of the Anthropocene in the contemporary museum space’ XVII Symposium of Mexican students and studies in the UK, University of Cambridge
  • 2019. ‘Exhibiting the Anthropocene: decolonizing futures in the contemporary museum space’ Postgraduates in Latin American Studies Annual Conference, University of York
  • 2018. ‘Urban Botanists: exploring local biodiversity’ XXII National Congress of Public Engagement in Science and Technology, Universidad de Guanajuato 


  • El discurso del Antropoceno: limitaciones ante la emergencia climática, in Una revisión
  • crítica del Reporte Especial del 1.5°C del Panel Intergubernamental de Cambio Climático:
  • Explorando otras visiones y alternativas hacia una sociedad baja en emisiones. Universidad Iberoamericana – Fundación Heinrich Böll. 2019.
  • Descolonizando el saber: la experiencia de la Universidad de la Tierra en Oaxaca, México, in Jandiekua, Revista mexicana de educación ambiental. No. 2. 2015.

Book reviews

  • Latour, B. (2018). Down to Earth: politics in the New Climatic Regime. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 140 pp. in Tlalli. Revista de Investigación en Geografía. No. 2. 2019. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Professional memberships

  • Postgraduates in Latin American Studies – Committee member
  • American Association of Geographers – Member
  • Society of Latin American Studies – Member
  • Conference of Latin American Geography – Member