Andrés Trujillo is a PhD candidate in the University of Waterloo's Global Governance program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. His general research interest is the political economy of agriculture and rural development. He is particularly interested in analyzing the historical trajectories of technological innovation and rural extension in Latin America, where agroecology has gained importance in certain contexts and posed significant challenges to the dominant food system. A central task of the research will be to identify the underlying factors behind these alternatives, and looking at the complex relationship between rural social movements and the state.
Andrés holds a Bachelor’s degree in development studies and international political economy from Trent University, and a Master’s degree in social policy from Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia). Prior to returning to graduate school, Andrés worked in Colombia for several years as a rural development policy advisor and as a researcher and consultant for a number of organizations, including Oxfam UK.