Bio: I am now researching in the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR) at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. I am working on Latin American ‘critical oil politics’ and the left turn governing of oil for a belated PhD. SPIR also houses the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies. I am analysing the 'governing of oil' --the making political of oil and the making of the political through oil-- in the context of the recent 'left turn' in Latin America. I am doing this by focusing on Venezuela's Petrocaribe oil and energy cooperation program and Ecuador's Yasuní-ITT Initiative, and following the technopolitical practices and devices, forms of expertise and knowledges central to the formation of these oil political assemblages, but also by following how, in turn, the latter fashioned broader political assemblages in the Caribbean and South America. I aim to think through the political matter of oil by developing a theoretically-informed and empirically-based research project, on the basis of my learning from what Petrocaribe is and does and what the Yasuní-ITT was and did, but equally by discussing with Aristotle, Marx, Rancière and Latour and their writings on the political. Prior to the ANU I lectured in politics, philosophy and social theory at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, the Universidad Central de Venezuela and the Universidad Bolivariana de Venezuela. And, for a couple of years, I was a researcher at the Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos Rómulo Gallegos (Celarg). Editing with others, its research journal SUR/versión, while writing on Marx, Mariátegui and Gramsci. My work seeks to engage with broader debates running across the social sciences and humanities and attempts to address the problematics emerging at the intersection of political economy, international relations, science and technology studies.

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