Dr. Elvin Delgado is the co-creator and founding Director of the Institute for Integrated Energy Studies, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, and Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty in the Cultural and Environmental Resource Management Program at Central Washington University (CWU). Dr. Delgado is a Fulbright scholar and his regional specialization is Latin America with over 13 years of research experience in Venezuela. He is the former Chair of the Energy and Environment Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers. Most recently, Dr. Delgado received the 2016 Timm Ormsby Award for Faculty Citizenship Sponsored by the Washington Council of Faculty Representatives to recognize and honor exemplary civic engagement by faculty from public baccalaureates in the state of Washington.
In 2013, Dr. Delgado was among 28 scholars globally selected to participate in the ‘energy-water’ nexus training funded by the National Science Foundation Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute (NSF-PASI). He directed the creation and helped develop the new B.S. in Integrated Energy Management at CWW and teaches the following courses: Energy and Society, Society and the Politics of Nature, Integrated Energy Management, Alternative Energy Resources and Technologies, and Geopolitics of Fossil Fuels.
Dr. Delgado’s research interests lie in the areas of energy (both traditional and alternative), political ecology, political economy and nature, and environmental geography. His research explores changing patterns of human-environment interactions in the context of fossil fuel production in Latin America. Empirically, his research analyzes processes of socio-political struggles over resource development, the multi-scalar interconnections of the material flows of energy resources, and the socio-ecological transformations associated with resource extraction industries. He has published in the areas of energy, health, and GIS in different outlets such as the International Journal of Geography in Higher Education, the Encyclopedia of Energy as well as book chapters in the Ashgate Companion to Energy Geographies in the UK and Geonatura in Puerto Rico. Dr. Delgado’s new research looks at the political economy and political ecology of hydraulic fracturing in northern Patagonia, Argentina. He holds a B.A. in Geography from the University of Puerto Rico, a M.Sc. in Geography and Planning from the University of Akron, Ohio and a Doctoral degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University, New York.