Francisca Vergara Pinto

Francisca Vergara Pinto

PhD student , Miss

Personal profile


As a cultural anthropologist, I am interested in cultural elaborations of volcanism, emotional geographies and more-than-human perspectives in disaster research. To this end, I ethnographically study the role of affect in ways of perceiving, knowing and becoming with volcanism, with an emphasis on rhythms in risk communication and the reoccupation of 'hazardous spaces'.

My doctoral research focuses on the case of the Lonquimay volcano (Chile) to explore ethnographically the entanglement of risk perceptions, risk communication and disaster preparedness in the surrounding settlements. In addition, I am currently developing the theoretical roots of "ethnovolcanology" and "affective dialogue", based on my PhD project on populated active volcanoes in the southern Andes, with the aim of rethinking the role of rhythms in the volcano-scientist-community interface. 

See more: #VolcanicAffectsAndMemories - Being with Volcanism in Chile

Other research

Co-researcher in FONDECYT Regular project N° 1221641 "Enabling factors for interscientific dialogue in coastal areas facing climate change. Case study in Arauco Province, Chile" (PI: Dr Noelia Carrasco, 2022-2025).

Research interests

  • Disaster studies
  • Affects
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Emotional Geographies
  • Local knowledge and memory
  • Human-volcano relationships
  • Reoccupation of hazardous spaces
  • Ethnography of volcanic risk
  • Intercultural risk communication
  • Eruptions and Humanitarianism

Further information

Peer reviewer for:

  • 2024 - IJDRR International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • 2024 - NHESS Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 
  • 2024 - Antropologías del Sur 
  • 2023 - REDER Revista de Estudios Latinoamericanos sobre Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres 

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Social Science, Universidad de Los Lagos

Award Date: 20 Apr 2022

Sociocultural Anthropology, Universidad de Concepcion

Award Date: 29 Mar 2017

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Cross-cultural understanding
  • Ethnography
  • GN Anthropology
  • Ethnography
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Volcanic risk
  • Risk perception
  • Social imaginaries
  • Rural studies


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