As an anthropologist with ample field research experience in Latin America, Eva’s goal is to develop a comprehensive research line on violence, natural resources, and morality to better understand current social and environmental justice tensions and the practical workings of complicity, accountability, and fairness in times of crisis. 



The current humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is as much about poverty and scarcity as it is about wealth and abundance benefiting only very few. In her research, Eva van Roekel explores the intersection of crisis, migration, and natural resources in this South American country. By doing so, she studies the underlying socio‐economic dynamics that turn crisis management into crisis maintenance. Her current study was awarded the Independent Social Research Foundation Political Economy Research Fellowship 2021-2022 and the Veni Talent Program from the Dutch Research Council (NWO).


Read more about the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela in her recent article and other publications.


In 2016, Eva received her Doctoral degree in Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University for her research in Argentina. She studied the feelings of in/justice of both perpetrators and victims of the military dictatorship (1976-1983) that are involved in the renewed trials for crimes against humanity that started in 2006. Her monograph, Phenomenal Justice. Violence and Morality in Argentina is a result of her long-term field research. Find out more about her book and other writings. 

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