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Julio Postigo

Department of Geography

Expert Bio

Julio C. Postigo is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Indiana University. His over twenty years of experience encompasses research on human-environment interactions of small farmer communities, elaboration of policy recommendations, and a broad methodological expertise synthesizing quantitative and qualitative methods to connect the socio-cultural and natural sciences. He is a lead author of the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

His most recent work has focused on the process of producing local knowledge among Andean farmers in Bolivia and Peru; impacts of climate change and economic development on the Arctic social-ecological systems; and responses of alpine vegetation to glacier retreat. He is the co-editor of Naturaleza y sociedad: Perspectivas socio-ecológicas sobre cambios globales en América Latina, and has recently published, among others, “Navigating capitalist expansion and climate change in pastoral social-ecological systems: impacts, vulnerability and decision-making”; “The Role of Social Institutions in Indigenous Andean Pastoralists’ Adaptation to Climate-Related Water Hazards”; “Multi-temporal Adaptations to Change in the Central Andes”; and “Outlook on Climate Change Adaptation in the Tropical Andes Mountains.”

Postigo has a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Texas-Austin and was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center at the University of Maryland.

Areas of Expertise

Impacts of climate change, pastoralism, mountain farming systems, indigenous knowledge, local knowledge, nature-society relations.

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