Julián is an agronomist from Chile and holds an MSc in Conservation from the University College London. He is currently a PhD student at the Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona researching the livelihood resilience of Mapuche and non-indigenous campesinos in agroforestry systems in southern Chile. He hopes to contribute to a better understanding between State agricultural institutions and rural people, placing small-scale farming and agroecology as a promising alternative to intensive agriculture.
Since his undergraduate studies Julián followed a naturalist path. At first, he learned to recognize and use native plants and later he developed a passion and love for his friends, the birds. After an amazing experience in GESA 2015, Julián started switching his interests from a conservation biology perspective to a perspective more focused on the resilience of social-ecological systems and agroecology. He is also a proud and founding member of the Chilean Society of Socioecology and Ethnoecology (SOSOET).
For the last five years, Julián has been living in the South of Chile in a small town called Pucón working in different projects regarding agroecology, biocultural diversity, food sovereignty, and social-ecological systems. In all those years Julián has been collaborating with other GESA participants such as Tomás Ibarra, Antonia Barreau (GESA 2014; ALLSA 2019), and Constanza Monterrubio (GESA 2015; ALLSA 2019). He has been working with Mapuche indigenous and non-indigenous campesinos and lifestyle migrants in their homegardens registering their plants and agricultural practices. He has also worked with Mapuche children and elders in a project called ‘Listening to elders’ whose objective was to honor elders and their knowledge and to facilitate an intergenerational dialogue about local birds and forests.
In his spare time, Julián enjoy spending time in nature and near the sea with his friends. He is also very interested in local knowledges and hopes to contribute to build a bridge of understanding between rural campesinos and the unstoppable train of the ‘developing world’.