Dr Martín Arboleda

Technology, resource extraction and the complete urbanisation of nature

Funding period: 4 January 2016 – 3 January 2019
Type of funding: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Martín Arboleda is a political geographer, engaging with critical political economy, urban political ecology, and science and technology studies. His work interrogates global restructurings of production and processes of urbanisation, especially in the context of Latin America’s most recent commodity boom. As a member of the Harvard Urban Theory Lab (UTL), recent research focuses on the relation between technological change and the urbanisation of the country in geographies of mining and forestry in Chile. He is particularly interested in exploring the ways by which this leap forward in the sociotechnical basis of capitalist production is reconfiguring the process of metabolic urbanisation, not only with respect to natural resources, infrastructural systems, nonhuman life, and other forms of extra-human nature, but also in terms of the shifting modes of existence of the planetary collective laborer.