PhD Researcher in International History and Politics
Spoken languages
German, English, Spanish, French
Areas of expertise
  • Environmental History
  • Labour History
  • Colombian History
  • Latin American History
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Latin America

PhD Thesis


Title: Oil for All - The Social Struggle for the Petroleum Industry in Barrancabermeja, Colombia, in the Short Latin American Development Century (1920-1970)

PhD supervisor: Antoine Acker

Expected completion date: 2025

My research is looking into the role of social movements in the Colombian oil industry, especially their role in the struggle for nationalization.




Lukas Becker is a PhD candidate at the International History and Politics Department at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.

He holds a Master of Arts in History from the University of Zurich. For is master's thesis, he looked at the role of the archives of social movements in the armed conflict in Barrancabermeja, Colombia in the 1990s and early 2000s.

His PhD thesis, focusing on the role of social movements in the Colombian oil industry, is part of the SNF Eccellenza Project  AnthropoSouth: Latin American Oil Revolutions in the Development Century” at the Centre for International Environmental Studies.


Academic Work experience


Teaching experience

Teaching assistant at University of Zurich


Research Interests


  • History of the Environment
  • History of Social Movements
  • Climate Change
  • Energy History
  • Memory Politics