Sebastián is a Ph.D. Candidate at UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management studying the role of science and technology in global environmental politics. His research interests include environmental politics, science and technology studies, and critical studies of toxicity and pollution.
From an ethnographic and historical perspective, his dissertation examines the UN's efforts to center mercury as an object of global intervention and eliminate its use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining in Latin America. Broadly, he is interested in promoting critical and transformative understandings about how knowledge about environmental problems is co-produced with the political technologies to address them.
MSc Geography, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, 2014.
LLB (J.D. eq), Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, 2011.
Environmental law and policy, political ecology, socio-legal studies, global environmental politics, science and technology studies (STS), critical studies of toxicity, discard studies, repair and maintenance, Latin America, Colombia.
Barandiarán, J. & S. Rubiano-Galvis (2019). "An empirical study of EIA litigation involving energy facilities in Chile and Colombia". Environmental Impact Assessment Review 79, 1-10.
Rubiano-Galvis, S. & V. Esteban (2016). "Las Corporaciones Autónomas Regionales y la regulación ambiental del territorio: el caso de la disputa por el borde norte de Bogotá" [The Regional Autonomous Corporation and territorial environmental regulation: the case of the dispute over the northern fringe of Bogota]. In El Estado regulador en Colombia, edited by H. Alviar & E. Lamprea. Universidad de Los Andes - Bogotá.
Sánchez, B., M. Velásquez, S. Rubiano-Galvis & A. M. Muñoz (2015). "Petroleum, Canadian investment, human rights, and corporate social responsibility: the workers’ strike in the Campo Rubiales oil field". In Profits, Security, and Human Rights in Developing Countries. Global Lessons from Canada’s Extractive Sector in Colombia, edited by James Rochlin. Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics.
Rubiano-Galvis, S. (2013). "¿Más allá de los escoltas y los chamanes? Enfoque diferencial y protección de líderes indígenas en medio del conflicto armado" [Beyond bodyguards and shamans? Differential focus and protection of indigenous leaders in the midst of the armed conflict]. Revista de Derecho Público No. 31, December 2013.
2018-2019 Visiting Doctoral Fellowship, Faculty of Law, Universidad del Rosario (Colombia).
2017 Pre-Dissertation Research Grant, Institute for International Studies, UC Berkeley.
2017 Tinker Summer Field Research Grant, Center for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley
2016 Departmental Summer Research Grant, Department of ESPM, UC Berkeley
2014 Grant for doctoral studies, Fulbright - MinCiencias.
ESPM 169: International Environmental Politics (Fall 2019, Summer 2020, Summer 2021, Fall 2021)
ESPM 165: International Rural Development Policy (Spring 2020)
ESPM 60: Environmental Policy, Administration, and the Law (Fall 2020)
ESPM 150: Bodies, Difference, and the Environment (Spring 2021)
STS C104 / HIST C184D / DATA C104: Human Contexts and Ethics of Data (Spring 2022)