Julia Branstrator

Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2022-2023

Ph.D. Student, Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Research Summary: My background in international sustainability studies bridging hospitality, tourism, technology, and innovation, informs an interdisciplinary approach to biological and cultural (biocultural) conservation through tourism. My work is housed within Dr. Cavaliere’s Tourism and Conservation Lab within the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department of Colorado State University. My philosophy on sustainability leadership centers on multilateral, grassroots organizations building collective decision-making power across disciplines to create an equitable, resilient, and adaptive future. My research takes a standpoint approach, informed by the experiences and adaptations of protected area and gateway community residents, to explore biocultural dynamics through technology use, identities, and affect.

Advisor: Christina Cavaliere