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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics


Mr. Saldivia is a multi-disciplinary researcher in the fields of Environmental Law, Energy Law, Climate Change, and Communication. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Social Communication, both from the University of Chile, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Environmental Law and Policy from the University College London (UCL). His interests are focused on energy transition, climate change, and carbon pricing.

His Ph.D. research at the University of Cambridge focuses on the law and policy of renewable energies in Latin America. Particularly, Mr. Saldivia is looking at how the design and implementation of energy laws and policies can contribute to the entry of new actors in the energy market, and how those actors can trigger climate change mitigation and, at the same time, create social co-benefits for local communities. 

Mr. Saldivia has worked as environmental lawyer and consultant. His practice has been focused on project development, due diligences, and environmental impact assessment. As a researcher, he also worked in several academic centres. He also has experience as a journalist and as an academic.


Environmental Law; Energy Law; Energy Transition; Climate Change; Sustainable Development; Carbon Pricing


Key publications: 

Saldivia, M and Guiloff, M, “Key Policies behind the Development of Solar Energy in Chile”, in Böttcher, Jörg (ed.) Green Banking, De Gruyter, Berlin (2020).

Saldivia, M and Vargas, S, “Environmental impact assessment and public participation of geothermal energy projects: The cases of Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia and Mexico”, in Guimarães, Lucas Noura (ed.) The Regulation and Policy of Latin American Energy Transitions, Elsevier, Amsterdam (2020).

Guiloff, M and Saldivia, M, “Law of Renewables. Chilean chapter”, in Rechtliche Rahmenbedingungen Von EE-Projekten, BWV, Berlin (2017).

Cabrera, J, and Saldivia, M, “Dispute regarding Navigational and Related Rights. The International Court of Justice decision in Costa Rica v. Nicaragua", in: Sustainable Development Principles in the Decisions of International Courts and Tribunals: 1992-2012, Routledge, London (2017).

Moraga, P and Saldivia, M, “Evaluación de impacto ambiental de proyectos de energía solar: propuestas para una evaluación ambiental mejorada”, in: Revista de Derecho Administrativo Nº19, Santiago (2014).

Insunza, X and Saldivia, M, “Derechos de aprovechamiento de aguas en parques nacionales”, in Actas de Derecho de Aguas N°3, Santiago (2013).

Saldivia, M, “Barreras legales a la entrada de la geotermia en Chile”, in Moraga, P (ed.) “Energía, Cambio Climático y Sustentabilidad”, Thomson Reuters, Santiago (2013).

Teaching and Supervisions

  • Graduate Supervisor, International Environmental Law, Faculty of Law (LL.M.) and Department of Land Economy (MPhil in Environmental Policy), University of Cambridge (2019 - present)
  • Teaching Assistant, Environmental Law, Faculty of Law, Universidad de Chile (2013 - 2017)
  • Lecturer, Right to Information, Institute of Communication, Universidad de Chile (2011 - 2017)
Research supervision: 

PhD Thesis Title: Regulatory Instruments for a Sustainable Energy Transition in Latin America

Supervisor: Dr. Markus Gehring

Advisor: Dr. Laura Diaz Anadon

Start Date: Michaelmas Term 2018

College: Hughes Hall

 Miguel  Saldivia

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