Felix Malte Dorn

Felix Malte Dorn
University of Innsbruck | UIBK · Institute of Geography

PhD in Geography; Master in Economics

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Introduction
Post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Geography at Innsbruck University. Engaging with political ecology, global production networks, transformation and development literature, my research focuses on resource extractivisms in the context of sustainable development (particularly soy & lithium), related social-ecological conflicts and alternatives. I have been visiting research fellow at Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Universidad Católica del Norte and Utrecht University.

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The article examines how to adapt the global production network (GPN) approach to situations of natural resource extraction. Based on an integration of a political ecology perspective into GPN research, we exemplarily apply the GPN framework to the primary sector. Based on extensive qualitative fieldwork regarding Argentine lithium mining and Brazi...
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The world’s major lithium reservoirs are located in South America in the so-called lithium triangle, and now attract international investments while simultaneously generating enormous expectations among the local population. Lithium is gaining importance in the world economy, both for new technologies and electric mobility, as well as in the contex...
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Lithium ist ein Rohstoff, der im Rahmen von Energiespeichern für erneuerbare Energien und die Elektromobilität dringend erforderlich erscheint, um die globale Klimakrise in den Griff zu bekommen. Dabei werden bislang eher abgelegene Regionen in Globale Produktionsnetzwerke integriert. Am Beispiel des Hochlands in Nordwest-Argentinien analysiert Fel...
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Lithium is discursively linked with 'sustainable' technological innovations. Electromobility is expected to be a-still market-based and growth-centred-answer to the ecological effects of the capitalist economic system. As a result, the sharp increase in worldwide lithium mining project is a vivid example of a form of continuation of the imperial mo...
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Based on intensive and long-term field research and document reviews, this article compares the historic evolution of lithium mining in Chile and Argentina. We highlight national development discourses and government regulatory frameworks in both countries. We illustrate and assess the diverse perceptions and strategies of local actors. Finally, we...
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Die Sojabohne hat sich in den letzten Jahrzehnten zu einer der erfolgreichsten Cash Crops auf den internationalen Agrarmärkten entwickelt. Sie ist wegen ihrer vielfältigen Verwendungsmöglichkeiten, beispielsweise als Nahrungsmittel oder Biotreibstoff, ein Musterbeispiel für die im globalen Agrargeschäft immer wichtigeren Flex Crops. Eines der weltw...
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In the 21st century, humanity faces a series of major challenges (for example, health, inequality, biodiversity, climate). Against the background of current sustainability transitions, dominant solution approaches are primarily focused on technological progress, resulting in a new and additional demand for transition minerals (also known as climate...
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Von Innovationen im Rahmen der Klimawandelanpassung, darunter beispielsweise die Elektromobilität, geht eine starke Legitimierungswirkung für die Rohstoffextraktion aus. Hinsichtlich der in diesem Kontext stattfindenden Kommodifizierung von Naturressourcen sprechen wir deshalb von „Climate Change Commodities“. Mithilfe von zwei Rohstoffen, dem Lith...
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In the context of climate change, electro-mobility has become a symbol of hope to reduce the emissions of the growing transport sector. At the same time, it has also renewed interest in strategic resources utilized in battery production, such as lithium. In the areas of extraction, reactions to lithium mining range from hope for paid work and incre...
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The light metal lithium has gained momentum in recent years. It is considered an essential component for the manufacture of Li-Ion batteries. In the context of electromobility, the resource is therefore considered a crucial element for the green economy and the sustainability transition. While lithium is considered a key raw material for reducing a...
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In Northern Mato Grosso, the expansion of the soybean agribusiness caused deep transformations of economic, social and territorial structures. This is especially true for the BR-163 corridor. Under the influence of a highly modernized and globalized production system, regional and local actor constellations, social and power relations, as well as t...
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La electro-movilidad polariza. Si bien la industria automotriz, los gobiernos y muchos medios de comunicación asignan a la movilidad eléctrica un importante rol en la lucha contra el cambio climático y la contaminación atmosférica, la producción de baterías de alto rendimiento también va acompañada de una creciente demanda de materias primas estrat...
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El litio adquiere cada vez una mayor importancia en la economía mundial, tanto para las nuevas tecnologías y la movilidad eléctrica, como para la transición energética. Las principales reservas de este recurso se encuentran en Sudamérica (en el llamado Triángulo del Litio), lo cual atrae importantes inversiones internacionales y simultáneamente gen...
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Das Thema Elektro-Automobilität polarisiert. Während Automobilindustrie, Regierung und viele Medien die Elektromobilität als „entscheidenden Beitrag zur Entschärfung der Klimakrise und der Luftverschmutzung“ (Hartung 2018: 561) bewerben, geht die Produktion leistungsstarker Akkus auch mit einem zunehmenden Bedarf kritischer Rohstoffe, darunter das...
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The concept of resilience is gaining popularity in the past years. Nonetheless, the adduced aim of persistence of a system also carries the risk of externalising both social as well as ecological costs. This becomes noticeable regarding the shift towards post-fossil economies in the Global North. Within the expansion of renewable energies and elect...
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While especially the microelectronic industry triggered the growth of lithium consumption in the past two decades, the ascription as a strategic resource can be traced back to the mere expectation of its importance for future technologies and future Green Economy scenarios. Next to the renewable energy industry and its need for energetic storage ca...
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Argentine soy production from the 1990s to the 2010s has shown major shifts in both production techniques and the ping-pong-relationships between the agribusiness and national governments. The objective of this paper is to introduce a new statistics-based perspective on soy production in Argentina. We analyse variables of technological innovation,...
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The following article contributes to the debate on social-ecological transformations by exemplifying and giving response to the concept's analytical dimension. Considering the cases of soybean cultivation and lithium mining in Argentina, barriers and limitations of social-ecological transformations are elucidated by pointing out recent transformati...
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Nach der Krise von 1998 bis 2002 gab es in Argentinien große ökonomische Fortschritte. Steigender BIP-Wachstumsraten, jährliche Rekordernten sowie Rekordprofite ließen das 'Modell Soja' zu einer Erfolgsgeschichte werden. Angesichts historisch vulnerabler Rohstoffpreise und zunehmender Polarisierungs- und Fragmentierungstendenzen greift eine ausschl...
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Anthology of the "International Doctoral Consortium of Sustainable Spatial Development“ Conference 2015 in Innsbruck, Austria. Artikles in German and English
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From the media to the organisations of capital, the Argentine model of commodity export-based economic growth is often presented as an economic success story. Besides clarifying recent and historic economic trends in Argentina, this work aims at outlining social and environmental consequences of the Argentine soy model. I argue that the complete in...

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I'm working in the broad field of political ecology and I'm currently co-authoring an article about the social-ecological consequences of the digital economy (material anchor, territorialities, conflicts). I'm therefore looking for literature about the digital economy I might have missed so far. I'm pleased about all suggestions. Many thanks in advance!

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We analyse values-based modes of production and consumption (VBMPC) in food and agri-culture to reveal their potential as small and mid-scale initiatives to change the current corpo-rate food regime. We address the restructuring of agricultural value chains in their political-economic, social-ecological and spatial-scalar dimension. Our aim is to examine how new relations between producers, processors, traders and consumers emerge and how VBMPC in different countries under different institutional frameworks can be up-scaled.
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To promote sustainable development in mountain regions. Webpage: https://www.highlands3.eu/ Highland regions, home to vital ecosystems and providing numerous goods and services, often lack evidence-based models and tools for sustainable local development. The EU-funded HIGHLANDS.3 project aims to promote inclusive sustainable development in highlands (ISDH). The project team from 42 different partners will carry out collective and impact-driven research and innovation to build a shared vision of ISDH and advance the capacities of researchers, managers, users and policymakers. Knowledge will be exchanged in eight successive research and innovative sessions (R&ISs), each of which will focus on a particular aspect of sustainable highland development. The R&ISs will include collective learning, collaborative research and capacity-building on data collection, analysis and modelling. The data collected on ISDH will be stored in an online interactive platform that will be transferred to existing mountain networks.
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The light metal lithium has gained momentum in recent years. It is considered an essential component for the manufacture of Li-Ion batteries. In the context of electromobility, the resource is therefore considered a crucial element for the green economy and the sustainability transition. While lithium is considered a key raw material for reducing anthropogenic CO2-emissions in many countries in Asia, Europe and North America, it also raises hopes for investments, export revenues and economic growth in the regions of extraction. Embedded in a global context of sustainability transition and green economy, the increasing demand leads to an integration of peripheral regions into global production networks and the global economic system. This results in pronounced territorial changes and the overlapping of different territorial logics and society-nature relations.