Dr Malayna Raftopoulos
ILAS Stipendiary Fellow 2013-14
Malayna Raftopoulos graduated with a BA Joint Honours degree in International Development and Spanish from the University of Liverpool in 2007. She continued her studies at Liverpool and completed a Masters in Latin American Studies in 2008, followed by an ESRC funded PhD which she completed in 2013. Her doctoral research, titled ‘Questioning the Principles of Sustainable Tourism Development: A Case Study of Cocachimba, Peru, examined the validity of sustainable tourism as a development model and contested the notion that its principles could be successfully applied at micro level. Currently, Malayna is a stipendiary fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies, conducting research into tourism and climate change in Peru. With her background in sustainability and increasing focus on environmental studies future research will focus on indigenous opposition to the United Nations programme for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation.