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 decarbonization of energy systems. I am studying how the phase-out of coal-fired power production and lignite extraction in Germany has been negotiated and resisted. 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, as well as 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):

Currently, I am also working with my advisor Kelly Kay on a research project about the phase-out of fossil fuel energy infrastructure in California and particularly by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. We are analyzing the politics and geographies of the Los Angeles Green New Deal Plan and we are also exploring what challenges municipal utilities in large urban centers face to advance towards more 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

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.

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Kelly Kay

Eric Sheppard

John Agnew

William Boyd (UCLA School of Law)