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`El aqua vale más que el oro:’ Mining and Social Protest in Latin America

University of Zurich

1 or 2 semesters

This project investigates the determinants of mining conflicts in Latin America.

Project description

This project investigates the determinants of mining conflicts in Latin America. Theoretically, we combine motivational and structural approaches to explain variation in ethno-environmentalist mobilization against commercial resource extraction. Empirically, we construct a new multi-level dataset on mining conflicts in Latin America between 2000 and 2013, using an innovative, semi-automated strategy of news media event coding. To our knowledge, this will be the first comprehensive quantitative study analyzing the social consequences of resource extraction in Latin America and the possibilities to manage its adverse effects.

The project is available in the Fall and Spring semester and is also open for recently graduated undergraduate students and for graduate students.

The project runs from 1 January 2015 - 30 December 2017.

Number op places available: 5 per semester.

Pre requisites

  • Very good knowledge of Spanish or Portugese.

Faculty Department

Department of Political Science (IPZ).

The Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich (IPZ) is one of the most exciting places to study political science in Europe, with faculty members placing high emphasis on the mentoring and methodological education of their students. Together with ETH, the department forms the Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS), one of the leading political science research centers in Europe.

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