Fellows' Presentation, Virtual Event

Brine to Batteries: The Extractive Frontiers of the Global Energy Transition

Photo courtesy of Thea RiofrancosPhoto courtesy of Thea Riofrancos

Part of the 2020–2021 Fellows' Presentation Series

Lecture by Thea Riofrancos RI '21

Free and open to the public.

Registration is required and will open later this fall.


Thea Riofrancos’s current project, “Brine to Batteries: The Extractive Frontiers of the Global Energy Transition,” explores the politics of the transition to renewable energy through the lens of one of its key technologies: lithium batteries. Based on multisited fieldwork following lithium’s global supply chains from the point of extraction in the Chilean desert, “Brine to Batteries” will be the first scholarly account of the rapidly moving processes shaping the contours of the next energy system—and those of our planetary future.