Harry Quealy


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I am a SEED-funded PhD Student in Human Geography. My research investigates the political ecology of climate-resilient development in Sri Lanka. My research attempts to unpack: first, the discursive politics of water, climate-resilience and rural development that shape climate-resilient development interventions in Sri Lanka’s water scarce dry zone region; second, the localised experiences and political-ecological effects of climate-resilient development interventions; and third, understanding localised experiences and practices of climate-resilience and how they may better inform ongoing and future climate change actions in Sri Lanka. By deconstructing the politics at the heart of climate-resilient development interventions and elevating localised understandings and practices, I hope to offer more politically sensitive, relevant and socio-ecologically just alternatives to the dominant technocratic approaches to climate change, water and development challenges in Sri Lanka.

My PhD builds upon a research connection with Sri Lanka that began in 2018. I have interned with the UNDP Sri Lanka on a climate resilient integrated water resource management project and conducted my Masters thesis research on climate change adaptation and smallholder vulnerability. From February to October 2023, I will be undertaking a Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of Colombo, while also conducting my PhD fieldwork in Sri Lanka.

I am lucky enough to be undertaking my PhD under the supervision of Dr. Nate Millington, Dr. Alison Browne, and Prof Erik Swyngedouw. I am a member of the Society and Environment Research Group (SERG) and the Agrarian Change and Political Ecology Research Group (within the Global Development Institute).

Contact: harry.quealy@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk


Teaching Assistant:
  • Human Geography tutorials (first year undergraduate students)
  • Nature, Society and Social Power (third year undergraduate students. Supporting Prof. Erik Swyngedouw and Dr. Mark Usher)
  • Researching Manchester (first year undergraduate students. Supporting Dr. Pete Ryan and Dr. Martin Dodge)

Research Assistant (2022/2023):

  • Editorial Support for a book project "Aesthetics and the City" (Supporting Dr. Joe Blakey and Dr. Amy Barron)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, Master of International Development Practice, Monash University


Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of International Studies, Deakin University


External positions

University of Colombo

1 Feb 20231 Oct 2023

Areas of expertise

  • G Geography (General)


  • political ecology
  • climate change adaptation
  • water governance
  • nature-society
  • rural development
  • vulnerability
  • imaginative geographies


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  • RGS Slawson Awards

    Quealy, Harry (Recipient), 2022

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