Elena Louder is a PhD Candidate in the school of Geography, Development and Environment at the University of Arizona. Her research draws from political ecology, critical social theory, and science and technology studies to study environmental politics and sustainability, and question how these are contoured by systems of power and political economy at various scales. For her dissertation research she is examining the political and social dimensions of the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy in Chile. Specifically, she analyzes the policies and discourses around the energy transition at the national scale, paired with an in-depth examination of how renewable energy is being developed in the Atacama Desert. She is a 2022 Fulbright Hays Fellow to Chile.