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Laura Quinteros Nogales

Laura

Contact details

Email: Laura dot Quinteros-Nogales at warwick dot ac dot uk

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Current PhD student

Biography

I am a political economist and a sustainable energy advocate. Currently, I am a first-year PhD student in the Global Sustainable Development Department. My research interests lie in the field of energy transitions and social sciences. In particular, I am interested in the intersections of renewable energy (RE) politics, governance structures, power relations, ecological implications and social justice. As such, my Masters' research project examined the energy justice configurations of the National Policy Framework for rural energy access in Bolivia using critical discourse analysis. Additionally, I developed my qualitative research skills over the course of my undergraduate degree as I had the chance to engage in a great deal of data collection and field work related to water studies at the Economics' research centre. As an energy practitioner, I led a regional initiative in the International Institute for Co-operation in Agriculture (IICA) aiming to enable the financial sector engagement in the rural energy market of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Before engaging in the PhD degree, I conducted project assessment and due diligence tasks in the Project Facilitation and Support Division of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).


Academic background

  • PhD in Global Sustainable Development - University of Warwick
  • Masters in Environmental Management - Massey University (New Zealand)
  • PG Cert in Energy for Development - Universidad Catolica San Pablo (Bolivia)
  • PG Cert in Lithium, Geotherm and Biomass - Universidad Catolica San Pablo (Bolivia)
  • BA Economics - Universidad Mayor de San Simon (Bolivia)

Supervisors

Dr Celine Tan- School of Law

Dr Nick Bernards - School for Cross-faculty Studies


Research overview

My doctoral research looks into the political ecology configurations of alternative finance enabling the renewable energy transition process in the Global South. In particular, I will explore crowdfunding schemes for the deployment of solar photovoltaic projects. I am interested in investigating the processes through which crowdfunding shapes the nature - society dialectics of the solar energy transition. Using two case studies of equity and debt crowdfunding platforms for solar initiatives operating in South Africa and Uganda, I will research three areas to unpack such process, including 1) the distributive arrangements, 2) the property of resources and labour configurations and 3) the implications of crowdfunding regulatory framework. The geographic focus of this research was chosen as the RE transition process, including solar, in the Global South remains substantially underfunded by conventional financiers. Therefore, alternative finance, including crowdfunding, appear to embody a critical role to support the deployment of solar projects. It is important hence to observe the socio-ecological configurations associated to crowdfunding for solar in light of the increasingly acknowledged socio-ecological frictions and pressures stemming from solar projects funded by conventional financiers. Ultimately, understanding the latter is critical as RE transitions are supposed to bring about sustainable development outcomes rather than reproducing or perpetuating the socio-ecological degradation stemming from the fossil fuel regime.


Research interests

  • Energy transitions
  • Energy justice
  • Renewable energy politics
  • Energy and political Ecology

Workshops and Conferences

  • New Zealand Political Studies Association (12/10/2020).
    2020 Workshop of the Environmental Politics and Policy Network: “Environmental transitions: Politics, governance, discourses.”
    Presentation: “Energy justice for all? Exploring Bolivia’s policy framework for rural energy access.
  • The Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network (12/03/2020).
    DevNet 2020 “Development Matters”.
    Presentation: Energy access for development: Exploring the discourse underpinning Bolivia’s rural energy policy.

Funding and awards