Diego Silva Garzon 2

Diego Enrique SILVA GARZON

Research associate
Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy
Spoken languages
English, Spanish
Areas of expertise
  • Anthropology of agriculture
  • Democratic participation
  • Economic Anthropology
  • Science and technology
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • South America



Research  associate at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy and FNS visiting fellow at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society at the University of Oxford. His work is located at the intersection of science and technology studies, environmental and legal anthropology, and agrarian studies, and pays special attention to the socio-technical networks and rural conflicts surrounding the deployment of agricultural innovations. His current work concentrates on the production of economic value through seed supply chains, and on the role of environmental and climatic risks in the governance and stabilization of drought tolerant soybean seed markets in Argentina.

With a strong disciplinary formation in economics, Diego holds a Ph.D. and MA in Anthropology from the Graduate Institute in Geneva. His PhD thesis on agricultural biosafety and the commodification of GM cotton in Colombia was awarded the Lateinamerika Preise for the best Swiss thesis in Latin American Studies (University of St. Gallen), and the Prix des Anciens for the best 2017 PhD thesis at the IHEID. Diego has extensive with field research in Colombia, Mexico and Argentina.

Diego’s work has been supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Institute for Human Sciences, the Organization of American States and the Swiss School of Latin America Studies, among others. He is an active member of the editorial board of Alternautas since 2014 and has worked for the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture and for the Dutch environmental NGO Tropenbos in the Colombian Amazon.



  • Silva Diego & Postero Nancy, eds. Introduction to the special issue ‘Indigenous and afrodescendant movements and organizations: resisting, performing and re-purposing dominant categories’ Alternautas: the Abdayala Chapter 7(1): 9-31

  • Silva D. 2020. Argentinean agribusiness and the porous agricultural companyTapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society. (Published online).

  • Silva D. & Gutierrez L. 2020. Revolturas: resisting multinational seed corporations and legal seed regimes through seed-saving practices and activism in Colombia. Journal of Peasant Studies. 47(4): 674-699

  •  Silva D. 2019. Tres lógicas de acción y reacción para la monopolización de los mercados de semillas en Colombia. Revista Colombiana de Antropología 55(2): 9-37

  •  Silva D. 2020. Hilando las fibras sociales del algodón: crisis y estratégias del mercado de trabajo en el sector algodonero colombiano in Baquero-Melo Jairo. Territorios, Conflictos Agrarios y Construcción de Paz: Comunidades, Asociatividad y Encadenamientos en el Huila y Sur del Tolima. Editorial Universidad del Rosario

  • Silva D., Security and Safety in the Glyphosate Debate: a Chemical Cocktail for Discussion, Alternautas: the Abdayala Chapter. Special issue on Agribusiness, (neo) extractivism and food sovereignty: Latin America at a crossroads.

  • Silva D., Going beyond recognition: building a property rights system for indigenous  territories, International Affairs Review. Elliot School of International Affairs. George Washington University.

  • Yanez E. Rojas R. Silva D., Le programme de transfert conditionnel de fonds Juancito Pinto en Bolivie: Quelle impact sur l'éducation primaire?, Fondation Canadienne pour les Amériques (FOCAL). (Available also in English and Spanish).

  • Silva D., Analysing the absence of development studies in the developing world, Paterson Review. Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. Carleton University.

  • Silva D. & Castellanos A., Going Back to the Capital Controversies: How to Forget the Problems of Economic Theory, Econografos-Cuadernos de Economía. Facultad de Ciencias Económicas. Universidad Nacional de Colombia.