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Juliana Neira

L4E PhD Fellow – University of Vermont


Juliana is pursuing a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development Policy, Economics, and Governance at the University of Vermont, exploring power and sustainability in food systems. Her research is on the intersection between public policy, place-based education, and agroecology in Brazil. Juliana was born in Bogotá, Colombia, migrated to Florida, USA, and has a bachelor’s in Biology and a master’s in Sociocultural Anthropology. She is pursuing a certificate in Ecological Economics and is affiliated with UVM’s Institute for Agroecology and the Gund Institute for Environment. Juliana has been a schoolteacher in her beloved home country Colombia, and  USA, South Korea, Spain, and Trinidad and Tobago. Her favorite subject to teach is environmental sciences, especially transforming curricula to inspire politically aware young activists. Juliana loves snorkeling, sea turtles, arts, and engaging with initiatives grounded in solidarity, love, and care.

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