Let's meet with Santiago Cunial!
Santiago Cunial is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Pennsylvania, where he works on political incentives towards energy transitions in developing countries, with a focus on Latin America. His research aims to explain how electoral incentives and macroeconomic contexts affect the adoption of policies that aim to decarbonize the electricity sector. Before coming to UPenn, he did an MA in Political Science at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and a BA in Political Science at Universidad de Buenos Aires, both in Argentina. In Argentina, Santiago did research on health politics and worked for several national and international agencies.
What are you working on, Santiago?
I work on when and why governments in Latin America decide to invest and promote renewable energies. I focus on economic deficits and electoral horizons of those in governments. As part of my project with PPEH, I am working on how people in poor neighborhoods in Buenos Aires frame climate change and energy transitions, and the tensions around cheap energy access and clean energies.
Do you have a current reading recommendation to share?
Leah Stokes (2020): Short Circuiting Policy
Fun fact: As an Argentine, I'm still trying to understand why it is that American football is played with the hands.