Dr Daniela Sanchez-Lopez

Phd, MA, BSc

Margaret Anstee Research Fellow

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Email: mds88@cam.ac.uk


I was born and raised in La Paz, Bolivia. I have a BA in Economic Sciences from the Universidad Católica Boliviana, an MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands and a Ph.D. in International Development from the University of East Anglia, UK.


Research Interests

I am a research fellow at the Margaret Anstee Centre for Global Studies at Newnham College, having joined in October 2018. On a personal level, being part of a college with an inspiring legacy for women’s empowerment is a real honour.

My research focuses on the geopolitics of renewable energies and lithium in the South American salt flats of Bolivia, Argentina and Chile.

My current research agenda explores the factors shaping the governance of lithium in the Andean region, the role of China in accessing the lithium supply chain, and the new forms of dependency and neo-colonialism emerging globally, in response to the transition to low-carbon energy and the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

I have a decade of experience in public policy research in international organizations including the United Nations Development Program (UNDP-Bolivia), Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF) and NGOs with a regional expertise in Latin America.

I have received a number of different awards and scholarships, which have enabled my research to date. In 2007, I won a highly competitive Latin-American research grant from the Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF). My PhD project was financed by a Faculty studentship at University of East Anglia and two grants from the Royal Geographical Society, and the UK Society for Latin American Studies.

I am an honorary member of the Anglo-Bolivian Society and a country representative at the Latin-American Geographies-UK.