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dhr. dr. C.R. (Cristobal) Bonelli

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
Programmagroep: Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body

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  • Profile

    I am an Associate Professor of Anthropology with interest in sustainability, energy transitions, and the anthropology of natural resources.

    I currently hold an ERC Starting Grant for the project ‘Worlds of Lithium: A multi-sited and transnational study of transitions towards post-fossil fuel societies’. The project is an anthropological study of the replacement of fossil fuel transport, with a new fleet of electric vehicles powered by lithium-ion batteries.

    A lot of public attention goes to the promise of electric vehicles, meaning less oil will be needed for road transport. What remains hidden, however, are the disruptive transformations of the landscapes and societies through which lithium travels. It is these transformations that the project brings into public view. For I am convinced that through empirical assessment of the side effects of this planetary strategy to respond to global warming, we can avoid implementing climate solutions that end up worsening our current social and environmental problems.

    Before starting with my ERC project, I was a Marie Curie Global Fellow at the Water Governance group at IHE Delft, where I studied interactions between people and groundwater in one of the driest places on earth: the Atacama desert of Northern Chile.

    I hold a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, and I have been trained at the intersections of science and technology studies, social anthropology and clinical psychology.

     Current teaching:

    The Politics of Sustainability: Environments, Cultures, Materials


    Ethnographies and academic writing

  • Publicaties


    • Bonelli, C. R., González, M., & Weinberg, M. (Eds.) (Accepted/In press). The Politics of Evidence. Ethnographies between a Univocal World and Multiple Worlds. Antípoda : Revista de Antropología y Arqueología.


    • Bonelli, C. (2019). On People, Sensorial Perception, and Potential Affinity in Southern Chile. Social Analysis, 63(2), 66-80. https://doi.org/10.3167/sa.2019.630204 [details]
    • Bonelli, C. (2019). Spectral forces, time, and excess in Southern Chile. In K. Omura, G. J. Osuki, S. Satsuka, & A. Morita (Eds.), The World Multiple: The Quotidian Politics of Knowing and Generating Entangled Worlds (pp. 123-139). (Routledge Advances in Sociology). London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429456725-8 [details]



    • Bonelli, C. R. (2017). Aguas Equívocas en el Sur de Chile. In G. Vila Benites, & C. Bonelli (Eds.), A contracorriente: agua y conflicto en América Latina (Agua y Sociedad; Vol. 25). Quito: Abya Yala.
    • Bonelli, C., & Vicherat Mattar, D. (2017). Towards a Sociology of Equivocal Connections. Sociology, 51(1), 60-75. https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038516658397 [details]
    • Vila Benites, G., & Bonelli, C. R. (Eds.) (2017). A contracorriente: agua y conflicto en América Latina. (Agua y Sociedad; Vol. 25). Quito: Abya Yala.



    • Bonelli Iglesias, C. (2015). Trastornos ontológicos: pesadillas, fármacos psicotrópicos y espíritus malignos en el Sur de Chile. In P. Di Giminiani, S. González Varela, M. Murray, & H. Risør (Eds.), Tecnologías en los márgenes: antropología, mundos materiales y téchnicas en América Latina (pp. 233-256). (Colección Heterotopías; No. 4). México: Bonilla Artigas. [details]
    • Bonelli, C. (2015). Eating one's worlds: on foods, metabolic writing and ethnographic humor. Subjectivity, 8(3), 181-200. https://doi.org/10.1057/sub.2015.7 [details]
    • Bonelli, C. (2015). To see that which cannot be seen: ontological differences and public health policies in Southern Chile. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 21(4), 872-891. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9655.12292 [details]







    • Bonelli, C. R. (2008). I frattali e le identità plurali. Rivista Italiana no profit. Communitas.


    • Bonelli, C. R. (2006). Per una epistemologia del mistero. Rivista Italiana no profit. Communitas.
    • Bonelli, C. R., & Notarbartolo, C. (2006). L’epistemologia enattiva come pratica etico-politica, Rivista di Consulenza e ricerca sui sistemi umani. Connessioni, 17.


    • Bonelli, C. R. (2004). I Timbri conflittuali dell’identità: Riflessioni sull’ethnoscape in camminata. Animazione Sociale, 8/9.
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