Cecilia Campero Email: ccampero@mail.ubc.ca

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Cecilia Campero is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, co-supervised by Drs. Leila Harris and Nadja Kunz. 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 she 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 is exploring political spaces, stakeholder and aboriginal participation and strategic planning of water and energy resources.

Cecilia’s work receives funding from the Chilean Government CONICYT.

Her work at UBC is focused on 3 core research areas:

(1) Mining and desalinated water markets/ governance

(2) Socio-environmental changes in relation to impacts and risks of desalination

(3) Environmental policy and legal characteristics of water


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 Research34(2), 167-183.

Baeza, S., Barton, J., Campero, C., León, S., Rodríguez, C. and Solís, O. (2014) How sustainable is the Antofagasta Region? Index and tendencies for regional sustainable development (¿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.