Andrea Furnaro

Andrea Furnaro

Graduate Student



I study the governance of natural resources from a political-economic perspective. I am especially interested in the geographies and politics of resource extraction and energy transitions.

My doctoral research focuses on the regulation of energy systems and their decarbonization. I am studying how the phase-out of coal-fired power production and coal extraction in Germany has been negotiated and resisted, looking historically and at the present. I explore 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 socioeconomic costs involved in the premature devaluation of physical and financial assets in the energy sector. My research also analyzes the socioecological outcomes and distributive dimensions associated with the decommissioning and dismantling of energy infrastructure, and with the restoration and rehabilitation of coal mines.

During my fieldwork in Germany, I am collaborating with the Coal Exit Group at the Technische Universität Berlin and the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). In this multidisciplinary research group, I participate in projects that study the social, economic, and political aspects of phasing out coal and natural gas in Europe and Latin America. In the Transnational Centre for Just Transitions in Energy, Climate, and Sustainability (TRAJECTS), I am participating in the development of projects for the academic exchange and cooperation among the member institutions in Colombia, South Africa, and Germany.

Currently, I am also working with my advisor Kelly Kay on the research project “Phasing out fossil fuel infrastructure in Los Angeles: Challenges for a Just Transition“, which analyzes the politics and geographies of the Los Angeles Green New Deal plan and explores what challenges municipal utilities in large urban centers face to advance towards more rapid and just energy transitions.



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


Resource governance, political economy, energy geographies, economic geography, resource extraction

Selected Publications

Academic Journals

Furnaro, A. 2021. The role of moral devaluation in phasing out fossil fuels: limits for a socioecological fix. Antipode.

Furnaro, A. 2020. Neoliberal energy transitions: The renewable energy boom in the Chilean mining economy. EPE: Nature and Space, Vol. 3(4) 951–975.

Furnaro, A. 2019. Hegemony and passivity in mining regions: Containing dissent in north-central Chile. The Extractive Industries and Society, 6(1), 215-222.

Silva, V., & Furnaro, A. 2013. Repensando el lugar de origen: estudiantes de hogares Mapuche en Temuco y Santiago. ISEES: Inclusión Social y Equidad en la Educación Superior, (12), 59-86.

Policy Reports

Furnaro, A. and Kay, K. 2021. Phasing Out Fossil Fuel Infrastructure in Los Angeles: Challenges for a Just Transition. University of California, Los Angeles. phasing-out-fossil-fuel-infrastructures-in-thecity- of-los-angeles-challenges-for-a-just-transition/

Ramírez, E., & Furnaro, A. 2015. Agricultura Familiar Campesina y Circuitos Cortos en Chile: Situación actual, restricciones y potencialidades.

Furnaro, A., Ramírez, E., & Eguillor, P. 2015. Cómo vender en circuitos cortos: Desafíos y oportunidades para la Agricultura Familiar Campesina. 

Moguillansky, G., Ramírez, E., & Furnaro, A. 2013. Las políticas de desarrollo productivo en Chile 1990 y 2012. Documento de Trabajo, (19). 


Kelly Kay

Eric Sheppard

John Agnew

William Boyd (UCLA School of Law)