For over ten years, Jen Moore has been researching, writing and collaborating closely with the struggles of mining-affected communities and allied organizations in Latin America, Canada and other parts of the world. From 2010 to 2018, she coordinated the Latin America Program at MiningWatch Canada, which supports processes of territorial defense and efforts to obtain justice for harms associated with the activities of Canadian mining companies and Canadian foreign affairs in the region. Before this, she worked as an independent journalist and media activist with a focus on community media, collective rights and Canadian foreign affairs in Latin America. From 2006 to 2010, she lived in Ecuador and frequently reported on the struggles of mining-affected communities, including contributing research for an Al Jazeera documentary about the tensions over mining and water in central-southern Ecuador and participating in a regional research project ‘Territories, Conflicts and Development in the Andes’ based at the University of Manchester. In addition to joining IPS as an Associate Fellow, she is working on a Master’s degree in Adult Education and Community Development at the University of Saint Francis Xavier in Nova Scotia, Canada.
In more than two-thirds of the mining-related lawsuits against governments in the region, communities have been actively organizing against the mining activities.