Cecilia Campero

Cecilia Campero is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow with adjunct positions in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. Cecilia’s work receives funding from the Chilean Government CONICYT.

She is a lawyer by training and an interdisciplinarian by design with a regional specialism in Latin America.  She holds an MSc in Environment and Human Settlements from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and obtained her PhD in Architecture and Urban Studies from the same university in 2017.  She has worked in applied research with groups at the University of Bergen-Norway, Public Policy Institute at the Universidad Católica del Norte and in the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

The overall aim of her work combines legal, economic and environmental geography with political ecology and indigenous studies. Areas of research include mining, water, governance, property, resource laws, local and regional development and indigenous rights.

Her work at UBC centres on exploring desalinated water markets/ governance in relation to the mining industry in Chile. Therefore, her study covers socio-environmental changes, impacts and risks and environmental policy and legal characteristics.


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Campero, C. and Harris, L. (In Preparation). A new water market for the mining industry: desalinated seawater in the Atacama Region, Chile.

Román, A. and Campero, C. (In Preparation). Propiedad y gobernanza: legitimando el derecho a explotar, in Michael Lukas and Michael Handke (eds) Gobernanza de Riesgos y Recursos en Chile: avances y desafios.

Campero, C. and Harris, L. (2019). The legal geographies of water claims: seawater desalination in mining regions in Chile. Water11(5), 886.

Campero, C. (2018). “Don’t Make Waves:” Desalinated Water and the Social Licence to Operate in the Atacama Region, Chile. Proceedings of Mine Water Solutions 2018 June 12–15, 2018, Vancouver, Canada. Published by the University of British Columbia.

Barton, J., Campero, C. and Baeza, S. (2016) ‘El despertar social frente a la “maldición institucional”: una década de justicia y minería en Chile’ in P. Cisneros (ed) Política minera y sociedad civil en América Latina. Ecuador: Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales (IAEN), pp. 265-293.

Campero, C. and Barton, J. (2014) “You have to be with God and the Devil”: Social licences and local collaboration in the Bolivian mining sector: Linking extractive industries and local development. Bulletin of Latin American Research 34 (2), 167-183.

Baeza, S., Barton, J., Campero, C., León, S., Rodríguez, C. and Solís, O. (2014) ¿Cuán Sustentable es la Región de Antofagasta? Indicadores y Tendencias para un desarrollo Regional Sustentable Universidad Católica del Norte.

Barton, J., Campero, C. and Maher, R. (2013) ‘The Chilean Wage’:  Mining and the Janus face of the Chilean development model, in Nem Singh, J. (ed) Resource Governance and Developmental States in the Global South: Critical International Political Economy Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan), pp. 127-148.

Haarstad, H. and Campero, C. (2012) ‘Extraction, Regional Integration, and the Enduring Problem of Local Political Spaces’ in Håvard Haarstad (ed) New Political Spaces in Latin American Natural Resource Governance (Palgrave Macmillan), pp. 83-105.

Haarstad, H. and Campero, C. (2011) Participation in the Bolivian hydrocarbons sector: The “double discourse” and limitations on participatory governance. URBECO-report 04/11, Center for Urban Ecology.

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