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Bachelors of Cultural Anthropology with Honours (UDLAP, Mexico)

Masters in Social Anthropology and Tourism (University of Brighton, UK)

PhD Art, Design and Architecture (Monash University, Australia)

Mexican Mestiza. Writer, dancer, podcaster and also doing a PhD. As a child that grew up in diverse worlds, her identity and belonging have been the centre of her research. First as part of a research understanding in-betweenness of two identities living in the same territory, and later as a migrant. I've always been intrigued by flows of wind and water, which led me to travel the world through my research. I focus on ‘Experiences’ of travel, ‘experiences’ of belonging, and more recently ‘experiences’ of Waterscapes and Country. Today, as a geo-anthropologist I have the double responsibility to decolonise my thoughts and disciplines through my research, creativity and practice.​

Current projects



Past projects







Hidden Rippon Lea
In collaboration with N'arweet Carolyn Briggs, Monash University and The National Trust Australia, Hidden Rippon Lea is an Augmented Reality and online experience to explore the underground irrigation system at Rippon Lea, its connections with the wider waterscape and Indigenous Knowledge.

PhD Architecture
Research-centres on the Indigenous paradigm of relationality as a holistic and expansive alternative to understanding human and more-than-human relationships that influence the way designers and planners of the urban environment can propose new methodologies for underground water management. In particular, the research analyses drained, displaced and piped waterways to showcase how these disciplines could develop their own relational methods and contribute to planning studies and urban data.


Public Policy Consultant- IMALAB and Mexican Institute of Youth IMJUVE (Mexico)
Alianza Estratégica por el Trabajo y el Empleo para Jóvenes (ALITEJ) Empleo Joven Program Strategy and

indicators development.

Research Consultant and Market research- Dinamia Investigación Social Estratégica (Mexico)

Colegio de San Luis (COLSAN) San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
Project: Indigenous Community Census (Padrón de comunidades). Project is the first legal device to gather information on the traditions and customs to respect and revalue the traditional laws of ethnic and indigenous communities.

Universidad de las Americas Puebla (UDLAP) collaboration with Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), Mexico.

Project: Global Economic Crisis and Response in Four Communities of Recent Migration in Central Mexico.

Lara, Ana Cristina (2020) “Flexibles y Selectivos: Identidad local y postiza en Tepoztlán”. In Pablos, J. (Ed.) Tepoztlán en su laberinto. Cuernavaca: Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos/ Ediciones Navarra.

Blind peer article reviewer in Tourism Research of the University of Alicante, Spain.


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