Doctoral Researcher

Itzell Torres integrates ethnographic research methods with theoretical perspectives from Anthropology, Human Geography, and Political Ecology. In the context of Mexico’s energy transition, her project investigates the power dynamics and (un) sustainable development narratives surrounding solar energy development, as well as the social, ecological, and economic changes it engenders in its deployment locales.

Itzell is a PhD candidate at the Geography Department and IRI THESys of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She holds an MSc in Energy and Society from Durham University, UK. Before her PhD, she worked as a researcher and project manager in various NGOs in Mexico.

Research Interests

  • Infrastructure
  • Solar energy
  • Energy sovereignty
  • Energy geographies

Selected Publications

Torres, I. and Niewöhner, J. (2023). Whose energy sovereignty? Competing imaginaries of Mexico’s energy future. Energy Research & Social Science,