Murat Arsel is Associate Professor of Political Economy of Sustainable Development at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research focuses on development theory, nature-society relations within global capitalism and extractive industries. He is currently conducting field research in Latin America (especially Bolivia and Ecuador) and Turkey.
‘A big idea from a small country’. This is how Ecuador promoted its proposal to leave oil in the soil of Yasuní National Park in exchange for financial compensation from the international community.