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 and on the decommissioning of energy infrastructure. I am studying how the phase-out of coal-fired power production and lignite extraction in Germany is being 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 social and economic costs and impacts associated with the premature devaluation of physical and financial assets in the energy sector. My research also analyzes the socioecological outcomes related to the decommissioning and dismantling of energy infrastructure, and the restoration, recultivation, and rehabilitation of coal mines.

During my fieldwork in Germany, I am collaborating with the Coal Exit Group at TU Berlin:

Currently, I am also working on a research project about the 100% Clean Energy Plan of the City of Los Angeles and the phase-out of gas power plants by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.



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. (2019) Neoliberal energy transitions: The renewable energy boom in the Chilean mining economy. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.

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


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