I am from a Quechuan Indigenous community from the Andes of Peru. I am currently a PhD student at the University of Toronto studying political science. My research lies at the intersection of Indigenous Geography, Environmental Justice, Resources Extraction, Indigenous Natural Resource Management, Rural Livelihoods, Indigenous Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Development, Political Ecology and Food Politics. I earned my BA from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in the field of Geography with a focus on Environmental Geography. In addition, I studied my Master's degree in Social Science at Humboldt State University in the field of Environment and Community. For my MA I completed a very in-depth study titled Adaptation of customary Quechua indigenous political organization in the face of modern resource extraction: A case study in the Apurimac region of the Andes of Peru. This study took me to the highest reaches of the Andes to interview and survey communities about the effects and perceptions of mining on remote communities, especially in relation to their customary forms of political organization.
Quechua (native), Spanish (native), English (fluent)
Environmental Geographer, Political Scientist, Environmental Social Scientist
This award is only given to one graduate student in the department per year and it helped me afford the cost of field research in the Andes of Peru in a location near my home village called Juan Espinoza Medrano.