Javiera Barandiarán

Associate Professor

Office Location

SSMS 2129


Javiera Barandiarán is Associate Professor in the Global Studies program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Barandiarán received her Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of California, Berkeley in Environmental Science, Policy and Management. She holds a Masters in Public Policy also from Berkeley and received her B.A. in politics from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Her research has been awarded support from the National Science Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council.

Barandiarán works on environmental politics, experts and the state in Latin America, to understand how states come to know about the environment in order to regulate it. Her teaching interests include development and environment, democratic institutions and states in transition, the politics of knowledge production and science, and innovation and environmental policies. Prior to her Ph.D., Barandiarán conducted surveys on attitudes towards science, technology and the environment in European countries. She has also worked in or conducted research on questions of rural development in Hawai’i, Mexico and California.


2022 Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, "The global growth of lithium mining"

Co-PI Mellon Sawyer Seminar on "Energy Justice in Global Perspective": http://www.global.ucsb.edu/energyjustice/



Partridge, T., Barandiarán, J., Walsh, C., Bakardzhieva, K., Bronstein, L., and M. Hernandez. (2020). California oil: Bridging the gaps between local decision-making and state-level climate action. The Extractive Industries and Society. 7, pp. 1354-59.
Barandiaran, J. and Rubiano-Galvis, S. (2020). An Empirical Study of EIA Litigation Involving Energy Facilities in Chile and Colombia. Environmental Impact Assessment Review. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eiar.2019.106311
Barandiaran, J. (2020). Documenting Rubble to Shift Baselines: Environmental assessments and damaged glaciers in Chile. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space 3(1), pp. 58-75.
Barandiaran, J. (2019). Lithium and Development Imaginaries in Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. World Development. 113, pp. 381-391.
Barandiaran, J. (2018). Science and Environment in Chile: The Politics of Expert Advice in a Neoliberal Democracy. MIT Press. 261 pages.
*publicado en castellano, 2021. Lo que el Estado neoliberal no sabe: Conflictos científicos y política ambiental en Chile. RiL Editores.
Barandiaran, J. and Casey Walsh (2017). Edited special issue with introduction on Production/Destruction in Latin American. Journal of Political Ecology. 24, pp. 716-725.
Ottinger, G., Barandiaran, J., and A. H. Kimura (2017). “Environmental Justice: Knowledge, Technology and Expertise” in Felt, Ulrike, Fouché, Rayvon, Miller, Clark and Laurel Smith-Doerr, The Handbook for Science and Technology Studies, 4th edition. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Barandiarán, Javiera (2016). The authority of rules in Chile’s contentious environmental politics. Environmental Politics. Doi: 10.1080/09644016.2016.1218156
Barandiaran, Javiera (2015). Reaching for the Stars? Astronomy and Growth in Chile. Minerva. Doi: 10.1007/s11024-015-9272-7.
Barandiaran, Javiera (2015). Chile’s Environmental Assessments: Contested Knowledge in an Emerging Democracy. Science as Culture. Published online 14 January 2015.
Tironi, Manuel, and Javiera Barandiaran (2014). “Neoliberalism as Political Technology: Expertise, Energy and Democracy in Chile” in Beyond Imported Magic: Studying Science and Technology in Latin America. eds. Eden Medina, Christina Holmes, and Ivan da Costa Marques. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Barandiaran, Javiera. (2012). “Researching Race in Chile” Latin America Research Review. Vol. 47, No. 1., pp. 161-176.

Barandiaran, Javiera. (2012) "Threats and opportunities of proprietary science at the University Andres Bello in Chile" Higher Education. Vol. 63, Issue 2, pp. 205-218


In 2021-22, Barandiaran will be on sabbatical and focused on research.