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Four students will join the staff of Sustainability and Climate Change and work with Dr. Madhavi Venkatesan, editor-in-chief, as Social Media Editorial Assistants. In this role, they will work to increase visibility of sustainability and climate change issues on an international scale and support the dissemination of research on and related to these topics.

Lucia Moreira is a Social Media Editorial Assistant for Sustainability and Climate Change, the only peer-reviewed journal dedicated to sustainability, sustainable development, and climate change. She is a recent graduate from Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Politics, and Philosophy and a concentration in Environment and Energy Policy. Her economic interests range from management consulting to social impact, and transition to renewables.

During her education at Northeastern University, Lucia demonstrated extensive research experience in areas related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), climate action, energy, and stakeholder engagement. Her passion for unlocking positive impact has been shaped by previous academic coursework and has led her to participate in a variety of sustainable initiatives. Recently, she was selected by the United States Society for Ecological Economics (USSEE) to present research along with another student on food waste at the organization’s 2021 conference. Through this research, Lucia was able to conduct surveys, synthesize information, and develop a meaningful story advocating for institution-based policies to solving issues, like waste, in the world. In the near future, Lucia expects to further tackle complex and ill-defined issues and help others make more informed decisions.

Lucia’s most relevant practical experiences have been in the financial and consulting industries. At McKinsey and Company, she gained valuable first-hand exposure to research and data analysis of complex topics across the economic and social sectors. While working at State Street Corporation, Lucia broadened her knowledge of finance through data validation and quality assurance of client material. Her ability to perform detailed-oriented tasks and result-driven attitude are transferable skills Lucia expects to use in the energy and sustainability fields. Her commitment to transformative and mission-driven actions is what makes her a catalyzer for making a valuable difference in the world.

Priyasha Singh is a Social Media Editorial Assistant for Sustainability and Climate Change, the only peer-reviewed journal dedicated to sustainability, sustainable development, and climate change. She is a junior at Northeastern University majoring in Economics and Business, with a finance concentration and a consulting minor. Her main interests are finance and technology, and her potential plans are to pursue analytics, finance, and consulting after graduating in 2023. Priyasha has varied international experience and is an international student; further, she has studied in London for one academic year, and has interned in India and the USA. Her economics interests lie in management consulting and research related to mitigating and adapting to climate change, the minimization of environmentally unsustainable practices around the world, and sustainable fashion. She is a firm believer in humanitarianism and has spent time exploring and working with various philanthropic ventures; she inclines towards serving the public and is interested in the social equity stance in sustainability. She is interested in research on renewables and the social impact of climate change, and how the burdens and benefits of the different policies and actions are distributed. She is heavily involved with various ventures such as NGO schools where she participates in cultivating sustainable practices. Additionally, she founded a small-scale philanthropic venture in her first year for Covid relief called CovEat19. She is a climate change conscious individual and wishes to pursue research opportunities around climate change and sustainability, addressing both mitigation and adaptation. As she finishes up her undergraduate degree in the coming years, Priyasha hopes that the Journal will reach individuals who are currently uneducated on these topics, creates awareness of the need for sustainable practices and climate change consciousness, and ultimately helps educate the world in a meaningful way that will cause a stronger push to dismantle the unsustainable and climate change worsening practices that persist in our society today.

Brendan McBride is a Social Media Editorial Assistant for Sustainability and Climate Change, the only peer-reviewed journal dedicated to sustainability, sustainable development, and climate change. Brendan is a Junior in the Honors College at Northeastern University. He is majoring in International Affairs with minors in Economics, Chinese, and Physics, and his main interests are international development, human rights, and sustainability. Brendan grew zealous for sustainability due to its interdisciplinary nature; he views sustainability as a path towards development for countries, and as a field of new technologies and innovations.

Thus far, Brendan has approached his career path from a humanitarian perspective. In an effort to find avenues to help people, Brendan spent two summers with an immigration law firm. There he found helping asylum seekers and potential citizens from around the world become citizens humbling, and the opportunity further fed his drive to follow a humanitarian career path. With this in mind and in an effort to diversify his skillset, Brendan is currently working for the American Friends of Jamaica, a non-profit charity organization whose mission is to ensure that “Jamaicans have access to basic education, healthcare services and economic development opportunities for a better quality of life.” For the 2021 Summer 2 session at Northeastern, Brendan will be working as a TA for two sections of Principles of Macroeconomics, as well as conducting research related to successful and unsuccessful strategies in randomized control trials used in an on-going study in development economics. Adapting transferable skills from private, public, and academic fields in the pursuit of finding new ways to help people is essential to Brendan’s mission for the future

Stanley Sun is a Social Media Editorial Assistant for Sustainability and Climate Change, the only peer-reviewed journal dedicated to sustainability, sustainable development, and climate change. Stanley is a rising sophomore majoring in Economics from Taiwan. Stanley was first introduced to sustainability when he took Economics of Sustainability with Professor Venkatesan. Interested in technology, he is intrigued with the innovation that technology can bring to sustainability, more specifically, how can it tackle the problem of plastic waste. Through his relationship with Sustainability and Climate Change, he hopes to learn more about sustainability and promote the subject to other students at Northeastern.

In his free time, Stanley competes for the Northeastern University debate team and enjoys reading science fiction.

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