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Juan Felipe Riano Landazabal

University of California, Los Angeles

Based in

United States
North America

Juan Felipe Riano-Landazabal is pursuing a Ph.D. in Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studies the politics of bioenergy generation and carbon management in post-conflict Colombia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Anthropology from Wheaton College (MA), a Graduate Certificate in Development Management from Universidad de los Andes, and a master’s degree in Cultural Studies from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia. A blend of research, advocacy, and program coordination roles characterizes Juan Felipe’s professional trajectory. He has carried out research for the Climate and Community Project, where he studied Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) and bioenergy generation. Before starting his Ph.D., he carried out research on armed conflict, conservation, and environmental governance in Colombia. Paralleling this work, he developed a career in the human rights field, working with environmental and women’s rights defenders at organizations such as Civil Rights Defenders and the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Country(ies) of Specialty

Colombia United States

Focus areas of expertise

Greenwashing Climate policy and politics Climate Justice Renewable energy

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