PhD Candidate, Institute of Social Sciences, Laboratory for Social and Cultural Anthropology (LACS), Université de Lausanne


David Schröter is an FNS Doctoral Student at the University of Lausanne, and part of the Cultural and Social Anthropology Laboratory (LACS). His research ethnographically explores the impact of lithium extraction at the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, by looking at practices of industrial labour. He does this at the Lithium extraction plant itself, as well as in surrounding communities, accompanying truck drivers and cooperatives that mine borax at the shores of the Salar. His PhD is part of the Energy Assemblages project, led by Prof. Mark Goodale, studying the lithium energy assemblage, from evaporation mining to the production of lithium-ion batteries and the manufacturing of EVs, as well as tracing debates around green energy futures. Previously, David Schröter has worked on rights claims of neighbourhood councils in El Alto, Bolivia, obtaining his MSc in the Cultural Anthropology of Sociocultural Transformations programme of Utrecht University.