TRANSFORMATIONS TO GROUNDWATER SUSTAINABILITY
Cristian Olmos Herrera
Cristian Olmos Herrera is an architect and urban designer with a PhD in Development Planning and MSc Building & Urban Design in Development from the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London. His research focus on the hydrosocial territories and indigenous communities in the context of territorial fragmentation due mining expansion in northern Chile. Through the use of visual methods, Cristian has been examined and visualised narratives of everyday water practices in order to reveal spatial networks of people, institutions, and technology making visible the political economy of water, focusing particularly on issues of unequal access.
Associate Professor of Historical and Geographical Sciences
Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Arizona. Associate Professor of the Department of Historical and Geographical Sciences of the Universidad de Tarapacá (Arica, Chile).
My research agenda is at the intersection of cultural and political ecology, political geography, and environmental science. I seek to understand how traditional ecological knowledge, political economy, the process of state formation and the articulations of subaltern identities are assembled with nature in the production and reproduction of unequal territories. In my current projects I focus on understanding the socio-ecological transformations of the high Andean wetlands and the agricultural valleys of the Atacama desert in association with climate change, the privatization of nature, the cultural management of water, changes in land use and industrial activities.