Commodity Regions and Extractive Economies: Chile's Neoliberal Ecologies

LLILAS Benson presents a lecture by Tinker Visiting Professor Beatriz Bustos (Universidad de Chile).

Over the past 30 years, Chile has implemented neoliberal policies on the premise that open and free access to global markets through commodity exports will lead the country to its development. These policies have had tremendous territorial and economic effects, altering the country’s environment. Along with its historical role as the top producer of copper in the world, Chile led the way to becoming the first global fruit exporter from the Southern Hemisphere through exports of crops such as grapes and blueberries. Chile is also among the top ten wood producers, and is a leader in salmon farming. 

This presentation explores these processes through an analysis of the salmon farming industry in the Los Lagos region of southern Chile. In particular, it looks at how salmon farming has produced a series of ecological contradictions that, in turn, have been addressed through a range of spatial and ecological fixes. By looking at the institutional, productive, and technological solutions implemented to address the constant ecological crises, Professor Bustos reflects on the ideas of commodity frontiers or commodity regions as theoretical lenses to better understand extractive economies in Latin America.

Beatriz Bustos is associate professor at Universidad de Chile. Her research focuses on the intersection between environmental policy and development geography. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Sid Richardson Hall (SRH), Hackett Room, 1.313
2300 RED RIVER ST., Austin, Texas 78712

Event Type

Arts & Humanities, Business & Economy, Policy & Law, Diversity


College of Liberal Arts

Target Audience

Students, Faculty



Free and open to the public

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