Tamara Ortega Uribe*

University of Chile


Received Sylff fellowship in 2014.
Academic supervisor: Megan Thomas
Current affiliation: University of California Santa Cruz

Academic achievements, social engagement initiatives:
I have conducted research in various areas, including social participation in decision-making processes, environmental policies, criminalization of poverty, territorialization processes, and social movements for political change. My experience extends to serving as a consultant in governmental agencies and coordinating social projects with non-governmental organizations, primarily focusing on political education for community leaders and social activists in Chile in highly polluted areas known as sacrifice zones. My work reflects a commitment to addressing pressing social and environmental challenges through informed research and community-driven initiatives.

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Politics Department at the University of California Santa Cruz. With a background in Sociology and an MA in History from the University of Chile, I have cultivated an academic career as a university professor and researcher in Chile. My research and academic pursuits have received support from prestigious institutions, such as the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research, Fulbright Education USA, the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF), the Tinker Foundation, and the American Political Science Association, among others. My current research interests are situated at the intersection of critical cultural political economy and political theory, with a specific focus on contemporary political debates surrounding green transition narratives, green capitalism, and the neo-colonial processes associated with lithium extraction in The Americas. As an active member of social and political organizations, my academic interests aim to forge connections between critical thinking and collective grassroots knowledge, all with the overarching goal of advancing social justice.

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