A Tale of Two Oil Fields: Framing Petroleum at the Margins in Ecuador and Peru

Lead researcher: Synneva Geithus Laastad, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo

The aim of this research project is to understand which contextual factors condition and structure national debates, public perceptions and political decision-making regarding oil extraction in vulnerable areas in the Peruvian and Ecuadorian Amazon. This will be achieved through a close investigation of the trajectories of two politicized and emblematic oil fields on each side of the border: Lote 192 in Peru and Yasuní-ITT in Ecuador. Research questions include: Which discourses and spatial imaginaries are mobilised by the different actors, how are these connected to national identity and which political action do they condition? How is economic and political path-dependency on natural resource extraction articulated in the two countries, and to which degree does it resonate in the population generally and stakeholders specifically?


  • Research staff in Norway:
    Individual PhD project
  • Partners abroad:
  • Geographic focus:
  • Project period:
    2017 – 2021
  • Funding:
    Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo



Published Feb. 5, 2019 11:17 AM - Last modified Apr. 5, 2019 12:00 PM