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William San Martín

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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United States
North America

William San Martín is an Assistant Professor of Global Environmental Science, Technology, and Governance at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Research Fellow at the Earth Systems Governance Project.

William was born and raised in Chile and specializes in environmental justice. His primary research examines global nitrogen governance and sustainable development in the Global South. William is a historian and science and technology studies (STS) scholar with extensive experience in public policy and international organizations. His work has received support from the US National Science Foundation, MIT’s STS Program and History Section, and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment & Society.

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Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Climate Justice Agriculture Social movements

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Kanter, D., M. Graversgaard, H. Ahlström, D. Liefferink, M. Wiering, and W. San Martín. “A Governance Framework for Better Nitrogen Management.” International Nitrogen Assessment, edited by M. Sutton, A. Leach, and W. Brownlie, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming (2024).

Capozzola, C., and W. San Martín. “Animal Histories and The Pacific War: Decentering Violence and Destruction.” The United States, War, and the Environment in the Recent Pacific World, edited by B. Bailey, A. Isenberg, and P. Landsberg, University Press of Kansas, forthcoming (2024).

San Martín, W. “La Revolución del Nitrógeno en Chile. Expertos, Instituciones y el Desafío de la Sustentabilidad Agrícola.” Historia de la Ciencia y la Tecnología en Chile, Vol. 2 Ciencia e Historia Medioambiental, edited by C. Sanhueza and L. Valderrama, Editorial Universitaria, 2024.

O’Gorman, E., W. San Martín, M. Carey, and S. Swart, editors. Routledge Handbook of Environmental History. Routledge, 2023.

San Martín, W., and N. Wood. “Pluralizing Planetary Justice: Recentering Procedural, Epistemic, and Recognition-Based Justice in Earth-Systems Governance.” Environmental Science & Policy, vol. 128, 2022, pp. 256–263.

San Martín, W. “Unequal Knowledge: Justice, Colonialism, and Expertise in Global Environmental Research.” Global Environment, vol. 14, no. 2, 2021, pp. 423–430.

San Martín, W. “Global Nitrogen in Sustainable Development: Four Challenges at the Interface of Science and Policy.” Life on Land. Encyclopedia of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, edited by W. Leal Filho et al., Springer, 2020.

Montecino-Latorre, D., and W. San Martín. “Evidence Supporting That Human-Subsidized Free-Ranging Dogs Are the Main Cause of Animal Losses in Small-Scale Farms in Chile.” Ambio: A Journal of the Human Environment, vol. 48, 2019, pp. 240–250.

San Martín, W. “Nitrogen, Science, and Environmental Change: The Politics of the Green Revolution in Chile and the Global Nitrogen Challenge.” Journal of Political Ecology, vol. 24, no. 1, 2017, pp. 777–796.