Dr Maria Daniela Sanchez-Lopez




Daniela’s research focuses on the geopolitics of renewable energies and lithium in the South American salt flats of Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. Her work at the Margaret Anstee Centre further explored the different elements shaping the governance of lithium in the region, the role of China in accessing the lithium supply chain, and the new forms of dependency and neo-colonialism emerging in a world embedded in a low-carbon energy transition and the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Her research interests include: socio-environmental conflicts, governance of lithium and energy politics, extractive resources in Latin America and environmental justice.  


Daniela has a background in Economics at Universidad Católica Boliviana, an MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Netherlands and a Ph.D. in International Development from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. She also has a decade of experience in public policy research in international organizations like the United Nations Development Program (UNDP-Bolivia), Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF) and NGOs.

Her teaching experience covers a variety of areas including: Research Methods in Social Anthropology, Human Geography, Fieldwork Preparation (cases of Chile and Sheffield) and Latin American Development. 

Daniela is an honorary member of the Anglo-Bolivian Society and a country representative at the Latin-American Geographies-UK.


  • Sanchez‐Lopez, M. D (2021). Territoriality and Lithium Extraction: The Great Land of Lipez and the Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia, Political Geography, 90, 102456.
  • Sanchez-Lopez, D. (2019). Sustainable Governance of Strategic Minerals: Post-Neoliberalism and Lithium in Bolivia. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 61(6), 18-30.
  • Sanchez-Lopez, M. D (2014).  [Review of the book  Resource Extraction and Indigenous Livelihoods: Development Challenges in an Era of Globalization by E. Gilberthorpe and G. Hilson. The Extractive Industries and Society: 1, 368–369.
  • Sanchez-Lopez, M. D (2014). “Contexto” in E. Guardián and A. Ruiz (Eds), La Digna Rabia: casos y experiencias del Nuevo activismo joven en América Latina (pp. 16-23). San José, Costa Rica: HIVOS.