Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network
Julie Maldonado is the associate director for the Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network, a non-profit link-tank for policy-relevant research toward post-carbon livelihoods and communities. In this capacity, she serves as co-director of the Rising Voices Center for Indigenous and Earth Sciences, facilitating intercultural approaches for understanding and adapting to extreme weather and climate events, variability, and change. Maldonado is also a continuing lecturer in the University of California-Santa Barbara’s Environmental Studies Program and a lecturer at Future Generations University. As a public anthropologist, Maldonado has consulted for the United Nations Development Programme and World Bank on resettlement, post-disaster needs assessments, and climate change. In addition, she worked for the U.S. Global Change Research Program and is an author on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th U.S. National Climate Assessments. Her recent book, Seeking Justice in an Energy Sacrifice Zone: Standing on Vanishing Land in Coastal Louisiana, emerged from years of collaborative work with tribal communities in coastal Louisiana experiencing and responding to repeat disasters and climate chaos. The book was released in 2018, shortly before the release of her co-edited volume, Challenging the Prevailing Paradigm of Displacement and Resettlement: Risks, Impoverishment, Legacies, Solutions.