Sofía Vargas PayeraUniversity of Chile · Departamento de Geología
Sofía Vargas Payera
Social researcher - Geothermal and Society, Andean Geothermal and doctoral researcher - TdLab- ETH, Zurich
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Citations since 2017
8 Research Items
The potential of geothermal energy for energy transition is increasingly recognized by governments around the world. Whether geothermal energy is a sustainable source of heat and/or electricity depends on how it is deployed in specific contexts. Therefore, it is striking that there is only limited attention to geothermal energy from a social scienc...
This paper analyzes local stakeholders’ perceptions of the Tolhuaca geothermal exploration project in Chile from 2009 until its cancellation in 2016 for financial reasons. The research is based on a qualitative case study using focus groups and interviews to reconstruct local stakeholders’ perception changes throughout the project. The results indi...
This research aims to explore public views and social attitudes toward the use of geothermal energy as a heating and electricity source in an area where the geothermal energy production technology has yet to be widely introduced. This case study focuses on the community that surrounds the Villarrica Volcano in the Araucania region of Chile. This ar...
This interdisciplinary research aims to reflect on the design of volcanic risk communication in rural settlements, through the interconnections of anthropology, geology, geography, science communication and arts. Objectives: 1) Examine the local ecological knowledge (LEK) of the inhabitants of Malalcahuello (southern Andes of Chile). 2) Develop a comprehensive treatment of available and emerging volcanological data on the Lonquimay volcano. 3) Establish a series of principles to design volcanic risk communication based on the social heterogeneity of Malalcahuello.