Kirsten Francescone

PhD Candidate in Anthropology and Political Economy, Carleton University

Kirsten Francescone is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology and Political Economy at Carleton University. She has an undergraduate honours degree in Anthropology from the University of Windsor and a Masters of Political Economy from Carleton University. Kirsten is currently working on completing her dissertation which seeks to understand the role of the mining economy on the social, cultural and economic organization of the colonial city of Potosi, Bolivia, a dissertation which is funded by the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS). Kirsten currently teaches two courses at Carleton University in the anthropology and child studies department. Kirsten has published several peer-reviewed journal and academic magazine in English and Spanish which seek to outline and understand the mining industry in Bolivia. Her most recent publication, published in *Latin American Policy, was *co-authored with Bolivian and York graduate student, Vladimir Diaz, and seeks to understand the history of Canadian Mining companies in the Bolivian economy and social sphere. She has been interviewed by international media sources like Aljazeera and The Guardian about cooperative miners in Potosi, Bolivia and their relationship to American miner, Coeur Mining. While in Bolivia, Kirsten works as a consultant for the San Cristobal mine miners union and is an active volunteer at the Centre for Mining Promotion Bolivia (CEPROMIN).

Country(ies) or Region(s) of Specialization: Bolivia, Canada

Keywords: Extractives, labour, mineral economies, gender