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Johan Arango-Quiroga

PhD in Public Policy

Johan is a PhD student in Public Policy at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, with a concentration in Sustainability and Resilience. He earned a BS in Agroindustrial Engineering from Universidad de San Buenaventura in Cali, Colombia. He also worked in the chemical and food industries, where he gained valuable expertise in R&D and quality and worked closely with agricultural suppliers. He also obtained an ALM in Sustainability and a graduate-level certificate in Environmental Policy and International Development from the Harvard Extension School. As part of his sustainability-related work, Johan has worked on research projects at Harvard’s Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure, the Eco-Temporal Lab at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, and at the MIT Sociotechnical Systems Research Center. At the Harvard Extension School, he was a teaching assistant for the courses From Farm to Fork: Food, Sustainability, and the Global Environment and Socio-Ecological Systems and Sustainability. His interest in equity and working with communities led him to join the Salem Food Policy Council and participate in the development of the Equitable Resilience Framework as part of the MIT Climate Grand Challenges Initiative during the summer of 2021.

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Johan is particularly interested in topics at the intersection of food systems, environment, and society. Some of his interests include agroecology, knowledge transfer systems and networks, theories of justice, power dynamics, collective action, economic inequality, labor, human rights, community-based participatory research, and ethnography. His commitment to centering equity in his research has encouraged him to think about questions seeking to prevent or redress the exclusion of historically marginalized communities and individuals while building sustainability and food security. Johan is also interested in conducting research that follows multi-site and multi-scale approaches aimed at collaborating with diverse partners in cross-cultural and cross-functional contexts.

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