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Martín Fonck

Martín Fonck, MA

Doctoral Candidate


Martín studied sociology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Chile. Since 2013 he has been carrying out ethnographic research on environmental knowledge, focusing on conservation in protected forest areas in the Andes. In 2013–2017, he was a research assistant at the Interdisciplinary Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Research in association with the Center for Local Development UC.

His research interests include ethnographic studies about landscape, place and affective experiences of science. He has worked on collaborations between scientists, local communities, and artist around forest conservation in southern Chile, producing environmental education materials. He also helped coordinate the first meeting of the group "The Anthropocene in Chile: Current Challenges, Possible Futures" that gathered scholars from diverse disciplines and epistemological sensibilities such as geology, anthropology and art among others.

His current project explores diverse environmental knowledge among scientists and local people about the potential of geothermal energy in the Andes. This project seeks to explore how human-environment relations are constantly redefined through practical engagement with the earth, and how scientists and local people interact with geological forces. Martín joined the Doctoral Program Environment and Society in 2018 and is funded by a scholarship from the Chilean National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (CONICYT).