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María Villalpando Páez

María is interested in exploring rural and peasant women’s role in the advancement of food sovereignty and in understanding the complex negotiation processes between communities, individuals, and the environment in rural and agricultural communities in Mexico. Her work is motivated by the possibility of co-envisioning pathways for smallholder farmers’ well-being in her home country, Mexico, and in finding ways to articulate different worldviews in search for equitable and just rural livelihoods. She believes in approaching research as an interdisciplinary, grassroots and socially committed practice. Prior to ERG, María earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and her Masters of Development Practice at the University of California, Berkeley. In her free time, you can find María kitesurfing or finding a way to get to the ocean.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Group(s):

  • Chung Lab