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Estefanía Palacios-Tamayo

PhD candidate

Contact info

Geography-Geology Building, Room 31F
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Research Interests:

Women, Rural Hydrosocial territories, Feminist Political Ecology, Participatory Water Management, and Decolonial Feminist.


Ph.D. candidate, Geography, University of Georgia

MSc. Master of Science (Geographical Information Science and System) (2019) University of Salzburg, Austria

Master in Land-use Planning (2017) Universidad de Cuenca, Ecuador.

B.A (2015) Universidad de Cuenca, Ecuador.


2021. RIMISP. Best Latin American graduate dissertation Award

2021. Ecuadorian Institute of Cultural Heritage. Rural Cultural Heritage Promotion Award. 5.000,00$

2020. University of Georgia, Graduate School. Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant. 2.000,000$

2020. University of Georgia, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute. Tinker Travel Award. 1.900,00$

2020. University of Georgia, Graduate School. Travel Grant. 600,00$

2020. University of Florida. Travel Grant. SEWSA.100 $

2019. University of Georgia, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute. Tinker Travel Award. 1.000,000$

2016. The European Union and ITCILO funding for attendance to course: “Promoting rural development: sustainable tourism and short agricultural supply chains” Turin, Italy. 2,000 $


Of note:

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Estefania Palacios for winning the honorable mention Galo Chiriboga dissertation award! This acknowledgment is awarded by the Latin American Center for Rural Development (one of the most popular centers in Latin America) to the best proposal dissertation. Palacios was selected from a total of 36 applications from different countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru, and also candidates from Canadian universities, Spain, United States, and the Netherlands.

Palacios earned her award for her project entitled “'Individually, we are a drop. Together, we are a river ': Analysis of the rural women's participation in community water systems in Ecuador”, where her focus is to contribute to the emerging discussions about the socio-territorial conflicts of water in Ecuador and to develop a better understanding of the ways in which water, power and gender affect the community water management and the daily life of women. Congratulations, Estefania, on your huge accomplishment!

For more information about the award, please follow this link:

Selected Publications:

Palacios, E. (In revision). Narrativas de vida espaciales en el contexto de la COVID-19: Reflexiones desde la ruralidad en El Valle, Ecuador. Journal of Latin America Geography.

Palacios, E and Palacios, M. (Submitted). Public space appropriation to make sexual and gendered citizenship in the 20th century: The case of the LGBTQI+ community in Ecuador. Canadian Journal of History.

Palacios, E. (2020). Prácticas hegemónicas y desigualdades de género, Boletín Geocrítica Latinoamericana: Ecología Política contra el saqueo a la naturaleza. Vol 5, 158-173.

Fausto O. Sarmiento, Alexandra Vázquez, Gloria Aguilar, Rachid Cheddadi Mark Bush, Mario Donoso, Estefanía Palacios, et al. (2018). Tree microrefugia and community-based conservation in Tropandean mountainscapes: A biocultural approach for heritage management of "El Collay" protected forest in Southeastern Ecuador, Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review Vol. 4.

Palacios, E. (2018). History of Intercultural Indigenous Education in Ecuador. Claves de la Historia de Cuenca. Universidad de Cuenca. Cuenca-Ecuador. 


Major Professor

Amy J. Ross


Committee Members

Jennifer L. Rice

Professor of Geography

Amy Trauger


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