PhD Candidate, Goldsmiths College, University of London
Maka Suarez is a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London and an activist with the Platform for People Affected by Mortgages (Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca - PAH) in Barcelona. Originally from Quito, Ecuador she has been experimenting with modern day nomadism for the past fifteen years never living in a single place for more than a year.
Maka is mainly interested on issues of housing access and how finance is connected to our every day, increasingly in surreptitious manners. Her PhD research is on issues of mortgage acquisition and default among Ecuadorian migrants in Barcelona who turned to activism to fight unfair laws and a life of indebtedness. She has spent time building houses in Costa Rica, working for an international development bank, and exploring issues of poverty alleviation traveling around the Amazon rainforest and Pacific coast of Ecuador.
Maka also has a passion for Sci-Fi novels, DIY stuff, and collaborative work and learning. She wishes more parts of our life could occur underwater but in the meanwhile tries to walk and bike everywhere. She is fluent in Spanish, English and French, and pretends to speak Catalan.
Lead poisoning in the Dominican Republic and Peru.Toxic cities like Norilsk, Russia and Ranipet, India. Water contamination at the Zortman Landusky gold and silver mine in north-central Montana, USA. If Saskia Sassen is right, these are not isolated incidents. They are part of a shift to greater inequality.Read on »