Tensions between decarbonisation, (neo) extractivism and energy sovereignty: the case of Mexico

PhD Project

The project begins by analyzing Mexico’s ambitious journey towards ‘clean’ energy initiated in 2013, followed by the subsequent policy reversals after the election of President López Obrador in 2018. This backdrop sets the stage for an examination of competing and contesting energy imaginaries, uncovering the discourses and initiatives around energy production in Mexico.

Subsequently, the project explores the socio-materialities of energy infrastructure. It focuses on the suspension of a large-scale solar energy project in Yucatan, Mexico, which challenges the teleology of progress that often accompanies such projects. Through ethnographic fieldwork and in-depth analysis, the study delves into the nuanced community responses, socio-political mobilization against the solar project, and the broader socio-ecological changes it signifies. Thereby, the project illustrates the challenges of transitioning to renewable energy amidst entrenched corporate interests and the country’s hydrocarbon dependency.

Infrastructure & Energy