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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Projects | IRI THESys | People | Cristián Flores Fernández

Cristián Flores Fernández

Doctoral Researcher

Cristián Flores Fernández is a doctoral researcher at IRI THESys. He is a lawyer and holds a diploma in Social and Legal Sciences from the University of Chile and a Master of Science in Governance of Risk and Resources from the University of Heidelberg. For six years he worked as a lawyer in the Criminal Law and Human Rights Unit of the Chilean State Defense Council and then as legal advisor for water, energy and transportation infrastructure projects linked to the Ministry of Public Works and the Ministry of Energy. He has also worked as a director and researcher in international and Chilean environmental NGOs and in UNEP and FONDECYT research projects on ecosystem services and socio-ecological and mining conflicts in the Norte Grande of Chile.

Cristián works with Prof. Dr. Tobias Krüger in the research group "Transformations and uncertainties of the land-water systems". His PhD project study the transformations and uncertainties associated with brine extraction for lithium and potassium mining on the socio-natural metabolism of the salt flats in northern Chile. From an interdisciplinary perspective and methodology, the project seeks to investigate the socio-environmental impacts of such extraction and the processes that shape the flow of water and knowledge within the intercultural territories of the Atacama and Maricunga salt flats.

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