Elena Louder

School of Geography, Development and Environment
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Elena Louder is a PhD student in the School of Geography, Development and Environment interested in the politics of renewable energy development. Her current research examines large-scale solar energy in Chile and specifically the intersection of decarbonization and social justice issues in rural and Indigenous communities in the Atacama Desert. She will start this research in 2022 as a Fulbright Scholar to Chile. Prior to coming to University of Arizona, she worked at the international conservation NGO, the Luc Hoffmann Institute, where she conducted research related to knowledge co-production, the science-policy interface, and biodiversity conservation. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Resource Conservation and a Master’s Degree in International Conservation and Development both from University of Montana.


Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation

College of Engineering 

College of Science Galileo Circle

Graduate College

Arizona Institute for Resilience

Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment & Social Justice

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences