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 the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and obtained her PhD in Architecture and Urban Studies from the same university in 2017.  She has over eight years of research experience in the mining industry. She has worked in applied research with Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the University of Bergen-Norway, the Public Policy Institute at the Catholic University of the North (Chile) and the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

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

Her work at UBC is twofold: firstly, exploring desalinated water markets/ governance in relation to the mining industry in Chile, studying socio-environmental changes, environmental policy and legal characteristics, and secondly, women’s participation in the mining industry.

Contact: ccampero [at] mail [dot] ubc [dot] ca

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Campero, C. and Harris, L. (In Preparation). De-politicising seawater desalination: the case of EIA in the Atacama mining Region, Chile.

Bennett, N., Blythe, J., White C., Andrews N. and Campero C. (In Preparation). Blue Growth and Blue Justice.

 Campero, C., Bennett, N. and Arriagada, N. (In Preparation). Technologies of dispossession: socio-environmental impacts of seawater desalination in the Antofagasta mining Region of Chile.

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

Campero, C., Rodriguez, A., Harris, L. and Kunz, N. (2019) APEC Women’s Participation in the Mining Industry. APEC Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy. APEC

Campero, C. and Harris, L. (2019). The legal geographies of water claims: seawater desalination in mining regions in ChileWater11(5), 886.

Kunz, N., Campero, C., Nicolau, C., Pagliero, L. (2019). Desalinated water infrastructure optimization under competing trade-offs in the Antofagasta mining region of Chile. Proceedings of Copper CU2019 August 18-21, 2019, Vancouver, Canada.

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 developmentBulletin 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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