Patricia Vasquez

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Patricia Vasquez
Research Associate


Biography: Patricia has worked for more than 20 years on issues related to extractive industries, particularly oil and gas. She is a Research Associate at the Centre on Conflict, Development & Peacebuilding of the Graduate Institute of Geneva. She focuses on governance, conflicts, the rule of law, environmental and social safeguards, among other issues. Born and raised in Argentina, her main geographic focus has traditionally been Latin America. She also recently spent three years in East Africa, working on similar issues for the World Bank and the United Nations. As a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Patricia published a book called 'Oil Sparks in the Amazon: Local Conflicts, Indigenous Populations, and Natural Resources' about oil and gas-related conflicts in Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. More recently, she authored a research work on the rule of law in Argentina’s hydrocarbons sector, for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In the 1990s and for a decade, Patricia was the Latin America Team Leader for Energy Intelligence, an independent news and consulting firm.


For more information, find her CV here.

Field(s) of Interest
  • Socio-economic impacts of extractive industries, particularly in producing areas
  • Decentralization processes around the development of extractive industries
  • Minority dynamics around extractive industries
  • Conflicts and natural resource developments
  • Socio-political dynamics around natural resource developments
Selected Publications:
  • 'China, Oil and Latin America: Myth vs. Reality.' (Atlantic Countil: Washington, DC, 2018).
  • 'Argentina’s Oil and Gas Sector: Coordinated Federalism and the Rule of Law.' (Wilson Center: Washington, DC, 2016).
  • 'Oil Sparks in the Amazon: Local Conflicts, Indigenous Populations, and Natural Resources,' (University of Georgia Press: Athens, GA, U.S.A., 2014).
  • 'Kenya at a Crossroads: Hopes and Fears Concerning the Development of Oil and gas Reserves,' International Development Policy. Revue Internationale de politique de development (Online).
  • 'Comment to Arriagada, G. Energy in Latin America 2010-2020. Headed for a Lost Decade?' in Inter American Dialogue (ed.), The Americas in Motion. Looking Ahead. 30th Anniversary Sol M. Linowitz Forum. Commemorative Volume. (Inter American Dialogue: Washington, DC, April 2013).
  • 'Energy Conflicts: A Growing Concern in Latin America,' Hemisphere. Vol. 20. (Florida International University: University Park, FL, U.S.A., Spring 2011).
  • 'Brazil: The New Oil Giant' Country Forecast,' Latin America. Regional Overview. (The Economist Intelligence Unit. London, U.K., 2009).