PhD Researcher in Anthropology and Sociology
Areas of expertise
  • Natural resources, extractive economies, commodities
  • Climate, Energy and Innovation
  • Ethnographic Writing
  • Climate Crisis
  • Global Political Ecology
  • Ethnographic Writing
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Bolivia

PhD Thesis


PhD Supervisor & Co-Supervisor: Graziella Moraes Dias da Silva and Marc Hufty

Expected completion date: 2021-2022




In my PhD research I explore the chemical element lithium through an ethnographic approach. In particular, I address its entanglements between clean energy technologies in Europe and mineral extraction in Bolivia, asking how the relations between these places are reconfigured in times of climate crisis and energy transition. I do so by focusing on the role of science and technology along the lithium supply chain.

Country of origin: Switzerland


Research Interests


  • Lithium Supply Chain
  • Mineral Extraction
  • Climate Crisis
  • Energy Transition
  • Clean Energy Technologies
  • Science and Technology


Relevant Publications and Works


Köppel, Jonas (2017). The Imperial Rationality Within BioTrade: A Contribution to the Neoextractivism Debate. Alternautas 4(2): 76-91.

Köppel, Jonas (2020). Lithium Transformations: An Unfinished Story. Transformations 33, 27-47.


Academic Work Experience


Research Experience

Research Assistant in Marc Hufty's project on The Global Political Ecology of Lithium (LITHIUM). Comparative research on lithium extraction in Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile.