Colombina Schaeffer is a sociologist from the Catholic University of Chile (PUC) and a PhD candidate in the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney, Australia. Her research interests include political ecology, social movements and Latin American politics. She is currently researching Chilean environmental controversies, movements and politics, focusing on the case of the Patagonia Without Dams campaign. She worked with the Chilean based NGO Programa Chile Sustentable, where she co-edited the book “Conflicts over Water in Chile: Between Human Rights and Market Rules”. She is a founding member and co-director of VerDeseo.