Luis Alexis Rodríguez-Cruz
Luis Alexis Rodríguez-Cruz is an applied food systems researcher and writer interested in the intersections of sustainable agriculture, governance, and natural hazards. His works have spanned from laboratories to school cafeterias, and from fisheries to farms; giving him interdisciplinary abilities to work in multiple spaces. As a PhD Candidate in food systems at the University of Vermont, Luis is focusing on how disasters highlight unequal structures in our food systems, especially in the US territories and Caribbean islands. His dissertation looks at how Puerto Rican farmers’ recovery post Hurricane Maria reflect interconnected sociopolitical dynamics that hinder farmers’ adaptive capacity, and the ability of Puerto Rico’s food system to be sustainable, and safeguard local food security in a changing climate.
Luis strives to co-create spaces where multiple stakeholders, from community members to governmental agencies, can find common ground to achieve effective change and agro-ecological balance. Currently he is the co-chair of the Puerto Rico Science Policy Action Network―an initiative from the non-profit Ciencia Puerto Rico―that seeks to connect individuals and organizations to engage in evidence-based policymaking processes in Puerto Rico and at the Federal levels. He also works with the Vermont Caribbean Institute in supporting farmer-to-farmer works between the US and the Caribbean. Luis also defends open-access research, and is passionate about blurring the barriers to access information through culturally-appropriate an inclusive science communication. He has led workshops on science communication; he has written Op-Eds for El Nuevo Día, Science, and other journals on issues related to food systems and governance. Luis is a 2018 Yale Ciencia Fellow, a Gund Institute for the Environment Graduate Fellow, a 2020 COMPASS Scientist Sentinel, and works with UVM’s Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative. He has a BS in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico at Ponce, and a MS in Food Science and Technology from UPR-Mayagüez.
Fellow at a Glance
University of Vermont
Environmental Policy & Law
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Policy