A film on the rapid changes experienced in the neighbourhood of Kollasuyo, in the North of La Paz - the home of the first boutique of Chola Paceña fashion designer Eliana Paco Paredes, shopping malls dedicated to the pollera, and some of the city's most eye-catching cholets. Produced by Kate Maclean, Sergio Marín and Alison... Continue Reading →
Royal Geographical Society with IBG. Annual International Conference, London 30th August to 2nd September 2016. Authors meet critics: Planetary Gentrification. Recording available here.
San Miguel is the main commercial area of La Paz, hosting the city's most fashionable restaurants, designer shops and spas. It was however originally a race course, and its circular roads stand out in the otherwise grid system of La Zona Sur. San Miguel was first developed when, with backing from USAID, small one and... Continue Reading →
Avenida Kollasuyo is in the North of La Paz, just above the city's General Cemetery, and just below the neighbouring city of El Alto. The avenue is a main transport connection between La Paz, El Alto and the countryside beyond, and, although it is generally perceived as a humble area, in recent years it has... Continue Reading →
Kate Maclean is Senior Lecturer in Geography at Birkbeck, University of London. Kate is an academic who explores how economic development recreates and challenges gendered concepts, identities and experiences. She has conducted various research projects in Latin America, including work on microfinance, the used clothes trade, urban development and urban violence. She has published in... Continue Reading →
Alison Parrado is a trained accountant and professional folkloric dance teacher. She has expertise in tax, finance and administration, and has travelled widely with the National Ballet. She has also lived and worked in Barcelona and Mallorca, Spain.
Natalia Casanovas was awarded a BA hons in Social Communication from the Universidad Católica Boliviana, La Paz, in 2017. Her dissertation, which received a grade of 100%, explored dynamics of race and ethnicity in the newly opened MegaCenter in the Zona Sur. It has been published with Ediciones Plural, entitled Pollera y ojos verdes: Racismo... Continue Reading →
Sergio Marín is a photographer at the Audio Visual Department of the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés. He has worked on documentary and commercial film, as well as portrait photography and reportage. His work can be viewed here.
Newcastle University, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, 30th November 2017 In the last decade, many countries in the Global South have experienced a rapid growth in GDP, fuelled by a resource boom, that has expanded the middle class. In Bolivia, where GDP has tripled in the last ten years, policies based on principles of... Continue Reading →