Grad Students

Andrea Furnaro



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I study the governance of natural resources from a political-economic perspective. I’m especially interested in the politics of resource extraction and energy transitions. My doctoral research focuses on the decarbonization of energy systems and on the decommissioning of energy infrastructure. I’m studying how the phase-out of coal-fired power production and lignite extraction in Germany is being negotiated and resisted. I’m exploring what different governance mechanisms for a coal-exit are being discussed and implemented as well as what public and private strategies are being used to address the costs and impacts associated with the premature devaluation of assets in the energy sector. To do this, I’m comparing the nuclear and coal phase-out in Germany. I’m also paying special attention to the socioecological outcomes related to the decommissioning and dismantling of energy infrastructure, and the restoration, recultivation, and rehabilitation of coal mines.

Fields of Study

Resource governance, political economy, energy geographies, resource extraction

Advisors

Kelly Kay

Eric Sheppard

John Agnew

Degrees

2018 M.A. Geography, Syracuse University

2016 M.A. Social Sciences, Universidad de Chile

2014 B.A. Philosophy, Universidad Católica de Chile

2013 B.A. Sociology, Universidad Católica de Chile

Publications

Furnaro, A. (2019) Neoliberal energy transitions: The renewable energy boom in the Chilean mining economy. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. https://doi.org/10.1177/2514848619874685

Furnaro, A. (2019). Hegemony and passivity in mining regions: Containing dissent in north-central Chile. The Extractive Industries and Society, 6(1), 215-222. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2018.07.009