DPU doctoral student awarded Doctoral Grand Challenges Grant
5 October 2018
Congratulations to DPU PhD student Cristian Olmos who has been awarded a UCL Grand Challenges Doctoral Grant, and is co-organising a seminar on the frontlines of mining conflict in the Americas
Alongside Sebastian Smart (UCL Americas), the project aims to analyse the impacts of transnational mining operations based in the UK on affected communities in Chile. It has the dual aim of bringing together researchers from different institutes within UCL to discuss an agenda for future research on this topic, while also building networks with external partners in the UK and Chile.
Chile is the world’s number one exporter of copper and has the largest reserves of lithium, which makes it one of the most extractivist countries in the world. London is turning into a key hub for mining operations and hosts the London Stock Exchange and the London Metals Exchange, where the majority of the headquarters of mining companies are based.
In collaboration with organisations that work in the fields of environmental justice and human rights, such as War on Want and the London Mining Network, this grant will be used to develop a policy report. It will further support the organisation of a seminar, where members of affected mining communities, academics and members of the civil society will discuss mining impacts on human rights and the environment in Chile and Latin America.
Creating bridges between the UK and Latin America becomes key in the current globalised context of mining extractivism. This initiative can support these efforts by improving the awareness of people in the UK about the standards of mining operations and the conditions of communities that suffer from the externalities of mining projects.
The long-term objective of this collaborative project is to create a network of academic and non-acadmic organisations working on issues of environmental justice and human rights in solidarity with the Chilean context; it aims to address links between social (in)justices, access to key natural resources, and human rights.
Event - Life on the frontlines of mining conflict in the Americas
Cristian will be co-hosting a seminar together with the Institute of the Americas, and funded by the UCL Grand Challenges Doctoral Grant, to discuss the impacts of transnational mining operations based in the UK on affected communities in Latin America.
The seminar will take place on Friday 19 October, 16.30pm – 20.30pm. Lecture Room 103, UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN
Registration free but is required and can be completed at here (link).