UCL Institute of the Americas


Katharina Richter

Dr Katharina Richter

Associate Lecturer (Teaching) in Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Katharina Richter is Associate Lecturer (Teaching) in Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean at the UCL Institute of the Americas. She also holds a position as Associate Tutor in International Development at Birkbeck, University of London (2021-2022). Previously, Katharina was Associate Lecturer at the Goldsmiths Department of Politics and International Relations (2016-2019), where she taught International Relations and political theory with emphasis on the role of colonialism in the making of the modern world.

Katharina submitted her PhD in Politics in October 2021 at Goldsmiths, University of London, and obtained her doctoral degree in February 2022. Her doctoral thesis presents an inter-epistemic dialogue between degrowth and Buen Vivir, exploring how to live well within social and environmental boundaries. The research was supported by funding from the Royal Economic Society, the British Federation of Women Graduates and the Society for Latin American Studies, amongst others. Katharina obtained an MSc in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh in 2013, and completed her BA in International Relations and Human Rights in 2011 at Malmö University, Sweden.

Research Summary

Katharina is interested in decolonial environmental politics and equitable development in times of climate crisis. Her research contributes to nascent, yet rapidly growing debates around decolonising degrowth. The PhD’s qualitative study of Buen Vivir in Ecuador furthermore addresses a lack of available empirical data in the literature on alternatives to development in Latin America.

Teaching Summary

Post Graduate Taught:

AMER0002 Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean


  • Richter, K. 2021. Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save The World, Jason Hickel. William Heinemann (2020). Ecological Economics, Vol. 189,  107160.
  • Richter, K. 2019. Struggling for Another Life: The Ontology of Degrowth. Transtext(e)s Transcultures 跨文本跨文化 Journal of Global Cultural Studies, 14 | https://journals.openedition.org/transtexts/1242.
  • Blechinger, P., Richter, K. & Renn, O. 2015. Barriers and Solutions to the Development of Renewable Energy Technologies in the Caribbean. In: Groh, S. et al. (Eds.) Decentralized Solutions for Developing Economies: Addressing Energy Poverty Through Innovation, Switzerland, Springer International Publishing, pp. 267-284.
  • Richter, K. & Blechinger, P. 2014. Barriers to the development of renewable energy technologies in the Caribbean. In: Schäfer, M. et al. (Eds.) Innovating Energy Access for Remote Areas: Discovering Untapped Resources. Proceedings of the International Conference April, 10th to 12th, 2014, University of Berkeley, California, Berlin, Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin, pp. 93-96.