Andrea Carrión wins the 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Prize

Andrea Carrión, from Carleton University, won our 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Prize.

Andrea obtained her PhD from the department of Geography and Environmental Studies, at Carleton University.

Her dissertation, entitled The Spatial Restructuring of Resource Regulation: The Gold Mining Enclave of Zaruma and Portovelo, Ecuador (1860-1980), explores the production of space and the spatial restructuring of resource regulation in the gold mining enclave of Portovelo and Zaruma, Ecuador, between 1860 and 1980. Using the theoretical tools of critical human geography, regulation theory, and political economy, her dissertation analyzes the spatiality of regulation over time in a dialectical manner. Methodologically, the dissertation develops an extended case study with explicit attention to scale as produced through material practices and their associated discourses and power relations. It argues that transnational mining companies, in responding to the international demand for raw materials, do not indiscriminately "penetrate" but, rather, negotiate the conditions for their deployment. Hence, there is an ongoing restructuring and rescaling of regulations that is a product of mediation between extractive capitalism and state formation.