Sebastián Rubiano-Galvis, Ph.D.

Environmental Social Scientist and Educator

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I am a researcher and educator working at the intersection of critical environmental social sciences and science and technology studies. In 2022, I completed a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management with an emphasis on Society and Environment at the University of California, Berkeley. I also hold degrees in Geography and Law from the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia.

I am an incoming Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice in the Department of Law, Societies & Justice at the University of Washington. I am also a Research Affiliate of the Human Contexts and Ethics of Data Program at UC Berkeley's College of Computing, Data Science, and Society, and I was formerly a Gerardo Marin Postdoctoral Fellow and an Assistant Professor in the International Studies Department at the University of San Francisco

My work studies the politics of environmental knowledge, technology, and data in Latin America. I draw on concepts from political ecology, science and technology studies, and global environmental politics and use interpretive social science methods and qualitative analysis. My current research includes projects on the global governance of mercury and the "datification" of environmental education, science, and policy. My doctoral research studied the history and politics of mercury amalgamation in gold mining in Colombia and the broader circulation of said technique in the Americas over the last three centuries. My work has appeared in Environmental Impact Assessment Review, Ambix, and Triología: Ciencia, Tecnología y Sociedad, as well as in several edited volumes, and has been funded by Fulbright, UC Berkeley's Center for Latin American Studies, and the US Department of Education. 

My teaching spans courses on global environmental politics, environmental and climate justice, environment and society, and the social and political dimensions of science, technology, and data. I have taught introductory courses on social sciences to STEM majors and law students and professional certificates in environmental law and policy. 

As part of my public scholarship, I have consulted for various research centers and environmental nonprofit institutions in Colombia and collaborated with various Indigenous and human rights organizations in Colombia, Peru, and Brazil. I serve on the board of the Colombia-based Observatory for Coastal and Marine Governance, and I previously worked as Research Director of Environmental Justice at Dejusticia.

 Photo: Rainforest in Taraira's goldfields, Northeastern Colombian Amazon (2013)