CUSA was honored to host Ph.D. student Martha Salaices as visiting scholar for the month of January. Salaices is a student of the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur in Mexico and is actively involved in civil society, participation and alternative communication research groups.
Salaices’ research is focused on established regional and agricultural activities in Baja California Sur and their impacts on both the natural environment and the quality of life of its inhabitants. Her preliminary research has identified a lack of coordination between organizations, agencies and communities to construct alternative re-appropriations of nature. Therefore, the project aims to analyze the municipality of Comondú from a social ecology perspective through observed and surveyed perceptions of human-environment interaction from various action strategies, interviews and discussion groups. Overall, Salaices aims to take action, mobilize and reorganize local communities
Salaices was initially invited and hosted by TML Director Dr. Beth Karlin and was able to meet with several faculty and student researchers during residence, including Professors Victoria Basolo, David Feldman, and CUSA Director Richard Matthew. In summation of her month visit, she
“It has been a very valuable experience for me to meet my colleagues at CUSA and the School of Social Ecology. There is an active participation with the local community and the internal work of the center is performed in an atmosphere of collaboration. I am grateful to Dr. Richard Matthew and the entire team of people who generously shared their ideas, experiences and study material.”