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 have been discussed and implemented, as well as what public and private strategies have been used to address the costs involved in the premature devaluation of physical and financial assets in the upstream and downstream energy sectors. 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.

I am currently based in Germany, where I collaborate with the Coal Exit Group, at the Technische Universität Berlin, and the Transnational Centre for Just Transitions in Energy, Climate, and Sustainability (TRAJECTS).

I am also an energy transition fellow at the Natural Resource Governance Institute, where I participate in research and advocacy projects in Africa and Latin America on low-carbon energy transitions, climate-related risks facing oil and gas producing countries and NOCs, the use of natural gas as a source for electricity in gas-rich countries, and governance priorities surrounding the production of minerals necessary for clean energy technologies.

In the 10 past years I have worked in research, consulting, and policy evaluation in the fields of energy governance, rural development, and extractive and resource industries, for the public sector as well as for international and civil society organizations.



2018 M.A. Geography, Syracuse University

2016 M.A. Social Sciences, Universidad de Chile

2013 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, energy transitions

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., Herpich, P., Brauers, H., Oei, Pao-Yu., Kemfert, C. & Look, W. 2021. German Just Transition: A Review of Public Policies to Assist German Coal Communities in Transition. Resources for the Future.

Furnaro, A. & Kay, K. 2021. Phasing Out Fossil Fuel Infrastructure in Los Angeles: Challenges for a Just Transition. University of California, Los Angeles.

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). 


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John Agnew

William Boyd (UCLA School of Law)