Daniel Gallagher

Daniel Gallagher is a PhD candidate in International Development at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. In his doctoral thesis, Daniel is writing a relational ethnography on conflicts over water resources in Chile, where climate change and financial speculation is contributing to political mobilizations against the country’s water laws. In his fieldwork, Daniel has embedded himself inside the country’s largest private water supplier as well as accompanied activists in their anti-privatization demonstrations, in his efforts to understand the possibilities for change to the nation’s water laws. Daniel spent his first two decades growing up in post-industrial towns in Scotland before relocating in recent years to South America. Daniel holds master’s degrees in sustainable development and civil engineering and has worked professionally on issues related to water and climate change with the United Nations, Engineers Without Borders, and several multilateral development organizations.