Juliana Neira

L4E PhD Fellow – University of Vermont


Juliana is pursuing a PhD in Sustainable Development Policy, Economics, and Governance at the University of Vermont. She was born in Bogotá, Colombia, obtained a BS in Biology from Florida International University, and has taught integrated & environmental sciences and English at schools in Colombia, USA, South Korea, Spain, and Trinidad and Tobago. Juliana earned a master’s in Sociocultural Anthropology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, and her master’s thesis developed into a critical anthropology project on the epistemology of human-environment relations. Juliana has enjoyed inspiring young activists around the world and wishes to continue generating impact through place-based transdisciplinary action research. Her research interests include postdevelopment and postcolonial theory, social-ecological systems, and ecological economics. In her free time, Juliana likes to write, tries to meditate, and volunteers for social and ecological organizations, and among her favorite activities is watching sea turtles nest.