Lucas G. Christel holds a Ph.D. in political science from the National University of San Martín (UNSAM – Argentina). He is the Director of Political Science BA at UNSAM and a postdoctoral fellow of The National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET). Also is a Professor at UNSAM and at the Latin American Social Sciences Institute (FLACSO). In his doctoral dissertation, he analyzed the political incidence of social resistance against mining in Argentine provinces. His work studies how the political system and the economic context shape the political opportunity for the contenders. He is interested in collective action dynamics, environmental politics, and state-society relations. Lucas has developed research fellowship at Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS –Princeton), Watson Institute (Brown University) and British Columbia University (UBC).