Gonzalo Saavedra

Associate Investigators

Associate professor at the Institute of Anthropological Studies at the Austral University of Chile (UACh). Anthropologist at the University of Chile, with a Doctorate in Political Sciences and Sociology from the Complutense University of Madrid. In 2016 received a post-doctoral grant for the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Humanities at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Has specialized in research into littoral colonies in southern-austral Chile, with additional exploration of other territories, with an emphasis on Latin American areas, for comparative studies.

Among the most distinguished of his principal interests is the analysis of the dynamics of modernization and development as these intervene and condition coastal and rural systems, leading to problems in planning and interfaces at local and global levels. Within the area of ethnographic work, since the end of the 1990s he has tracked the persistence and transformation of small-scale fishing practices in the Reloncaví, Chiloé, and Aysén provinces, all within the context of the expansion of commercial-industrial aquaculture. Currently directs comparative research into the conduct of small-scale fishing economies in Chile with respect to varying market scales.