Sebastián Ureta

Visiting Scholar (Jun 2018-Jul 2018)

PhD, Associate Professor

Sebastian Ureta holds a PhD in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics. Currently he is an associate professor at Departamento de Sociología, Universidad Alberto Hurtado (Santiago, Chile) and has been a visiting scholar at several universities and research centers. Working from a science and technology studies approach, since 2012 he has been developing a research project focused on studying ethnographically the first implementations of new environmental policies regarding degraded soils in Chile. While at the MPIWG he, along with Dr. Wilko Graf von Hardenberg and Dr. Thomas Lekan, will work on the project “Shifting Baselines, Altered Horizons: Politics, Practice, and Knowledge in the Anthropocene.” The objective of this project will be to study the creation, mobilization, and transformation of environmental baselines from the points of view of environmental history, science and technology studies, and the environmental humanities. Along with several research papers in leading journals, he is the author of Assembling Policy: Transantiago, Human Devices, and the Dream of a World-Class Society (MIT Press 2015).


Baselining Nature


Baselining Pollution: Producing “Natural Soil” for Environmental Regulation in Chile