Maristella Svampa is an argentine sociologist and writer. She has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba and a PhD in Sociology from Paris’ École d’Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.
She lives in Dinahuapi, Argentina Patagonia, and is Senior Researcher at the Conicet (National Center for Scientific and Technical Research), and Professor at the Universidad Nacional de la Plata (province of Buenos Aires). She is the coordinator of the Group of Critical and Interdisciplinary Studies on the Energy Problem and participates at the International Group of Alternative Development.
She received the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Kónex award in Sociology (Argentina) in 2006 and 2016. In 2019, she received the National Award in Sociology.
Maristella Svampa has published and lectured in many countries (France, USA, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, England, Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica, Chile, among others).
She works about Socioecological Crises and Socioenvironmental Conflicts in Latin America. Among her books are: Maldesarrollo. La Argentina del extractivismo y el despojo (Maldevelopment), (2014); “Debates Latinoamericanos. Indianismo, Desarrollo, Dependencia, Populismo”( Latin American Debates: Indianism, Development, Dependency, Populism), (2016). In English, she has published “Development in Latin America, Challenges, Resistances, Future”, Fernwood Publishing: Canada (2019) and “Neo-Extractivism Dynamics in Latin America, Socioenvironmental Conflicts, Territorial Turn, and New Political Narratives”, Elements: Cambridge University Press, USA (2019).
She has published novels. Her latest book is “El colapso ecológico ya llegó. Una brújula para salir del maldesarrollo”, 2020 ( The ecological collapse is here. A compass to get out of maldevelopment”)