Dr Gerlach's research interests lie in cultural, political and social geography, with specific projects focused on critical cartography. His current British Academy funded research is a geographical investigation of a hesitant political experiment currently underway in Ecuador. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, he is researching the way in which nature and non-humans have been incorporated into Ecuador's constitutional framework. Focusing specifically on the ecological tensions sparked by the current expansion of the country's gold mining industry, he is looking at how and whether non-humans can participate as meaningful political actors, and not just as token avatars for environmental concern.
- Politics of Ecuador
- Latin America
- Participatory mapping
- Crowdsource cartography
Dr Gerlach has written for TeleSUR and The Conversation.