Martín Arboleda

Martín Arboleda is a political geographer and Urban Studies Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Urban Theory Lab-GSD. His research engages with global political economy, urban political ecology, and science and technology studies. His work explores the geographies of primary commodity production in Latin America, especially as the Pacific Ocean emerges as the main infrastructural corridor of world trade, and extractive industries become reorganized in the form of global supply chains. He is also interested in the monetary and financial dimensions of resource extraction and primary commodity production generally considered. At the UTL, he will articulate these research agendas through two interrelated research projects: the first of them is a full-length monograph that explores the sociopolitical and territorial ramifications of large-scale mining in Chile as result of a leap forward in the robotization and computerization of extraction, as well as of the rise of an Asia-centered capitalist world-system. The second consists on a longer-term investigation on agrarian change and depeasantization in Latin America, especially in the context of the geographies of financial capitalism that emerged in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, and of the ‘biotechnological turn’ in the agro-food supply chain.

He completed his PhD in Politics at the University of Manchester, UK, in 2015, with a thesis that addressed the contested geographies of planetary urbanization in a mining and energy district of northern Chile. His research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Urban Studies Foundation, the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research of Chile, and the School of Social Sciences of the University of Manchester. As a PhD student at the University of Manchester, he received the Manchester Doctoral College 2015 Excellence Award for best outstanding output. He has also worked as a Lecturer at the Harvard Department of Sociology.

Selected publications

2017. On the Alienated Violence of Money: Finance Capital, Value, and the Making of Monstrous Territories. New Geographies 09 (forthcoming).

2017. La naturaleza como modo de existencia del capital: organización territorial y disolución del campesinado en el superciclo de materias primas de América Latina. Anthropologica 38, 145-176.

2017. Market Monstrosity in Industrial Fishing: Capital as Subject and the Urbanization of Nature. Social & Cultural Geography, published online ahead of print 16 December, 2016.

2016. Revitalizing Science and Technology Studies: A Marxian Critique of More-Than-Human Geographies. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. Published online ahead of print 22 August, 2016.

2016. In the Nature of the Non-City: Expanded Infrastructural Networks and the Political Ecology of Planetary Urbanisation. Antipode 48(2), 233-251.

2016. Spaces of Extraction, Metropolitan Explosions: Planetary Urbanization and the Commodity Boom in Latin America. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 40(1), 96-112.

2015. Financialization, Totality and Planetary Urbanization in the Chilean Andes. Geoforum 67, 4-13.


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Martín Arboleda in Santiago de Chile