Prof Dr Barbara Hogenboom

Director of CEDLA
Research theme: Political Science
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Barbara Hogenboom is Director of CEDLA and Professor of Latin American Studies at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam (UvA). She is managing editor of the European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (ERLACS). She coordinates the international SDG research project LFFU: ‘Leave fossil fuels underground for sustainable and inclusive development: Co-creating alternative pathways in Africa and Latin America’ (2018-2021). Previously, she coordinated a consortium of ten European and Latin American universities for the EU-FP7 project ‘Environmental Governance in Latin American and the Caribbean: Developing Frameworks for Sustainable and Equitable Natural Resource Use’ (ENGOV, 2011-2015).

Research interests

Barbara Hogenboom’s field of study is the politics and governance of development and environment, viewed from an interdisciplinary perspective. Her research focuses on the clashing values and interests at play in connection with the use of natural resources in Latin America. She studies the interactions between the public sector, the private sector and social movements from the perspective of the international political economy. These interactions are cross-scale in nature: global and regional changes exert influence on national and local processes, and vice versa. Barbara Hogenboom conducts research into current developments in Latin America in the context of various international projects: the impact of growing Chinese interests in the oil sector and mining industry, as well as the increasing local resistance to large-scale extraction projects.

Selected Publications of Prof Dr Barbara Hogenboom

— (2016) Environmental Governance in Latin America (edited with Fabio de Castro & Michiel Baud), London: Palgrave Macmillan (320 pp.), Open Access!
Also published in Spanish and in Portuguese: Gobernanza Ambiental en América Latina; Governança Ambiental na América Latina

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— (2017) ‘Chinese Influences and the Governance of Oil in Latin America: The Cases of Venezuela, Brazil, and Ecuador’, in: Geopolitical Economy of Energy and Environment, Mehdi P. Amineh & Yang Guang (eds), Leiden: Brill, pp. 172-211 (Chapter 6).

— (2017) ‘The Limited Resilience of South America’s Commodity Boom’ (with Marjo de Theije), Pulsamérica, April 7

— (2016) The Extractive Imperative in Latin America, special issue edited with Murat Arsel and Lorenzo Pellegrini, The Extractive Industries and Society 3:4, including ‘The extractive imperative in Latin America’, The Extractive Industries and Society 3:4, 880-887.

— (2016) ‘Debating Alternative Development at the Mining Frontier: Buen Vivir and the Conflict around El Mirador Mine in Ecuador’ (with Karolien van Teijlingen), Journal of Developing Societies, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 1-39.

— (2015) ‘New elites around South America’s strategic resources’, in: Environmental politics in Latin America: Elite dynamics, the left tide and sustainable development, Benedicte Bull and Mariel-Aguilar-Stoen (eds), London & New York: Routledge: 113-130.

— (2014) ‘Latin America and China's transnationalizing oil industry: A political economy assessment of new relations’, Perspectives on Global Development and Technology 13: 626-647.

— (2014) The Extraction and Conservation of Natural Resources in South America. Recent Trends and Challenges, Fábio de Castro, Pitou van Dijck and Barbara Hogenboom, Cuadernos del CEDLA no. 27, Amsterdam: CEDLA (including her chapter ‘South American Minerals at the Crossroads of Global Markets, National Politics, and Local Needs’: 1-22).

— (2012) 'The New Politics of Mineral Extraction in Latin America', Special Issue of Journal of Developing Societies (guest editor: Barbara Hogenboom), Vol. 28, No. 2, June, including her article 'Depoliticized and Repolitiziced Minerals in Latin America'.

— (2010) Latin America Facing China: South-South Relations beyond the Washington Consensus (edited with Alex E. Fernando Jilberto), CEDLA Latin America Studies 98, Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books. The paperback edition and the e-book were released in 2012.

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