David Robles, PhD
Graduate Student | PhD Candidate
Of Colombian and Mexican-American heritage, I received a BA and MA degree in anthropology at the University of Kansas, then moved to La Guajira, Colombia for six years during which I taught anthropology at the local university, advised primary and secondary school research groups, and worked with the World Food Program and the Cerrejon Foundation for Water in La Guajira. Here, I assisted in the design and implementation of a sustainability plan for a rural water supply system in four rural Indigenous Wayuu Communities. This last experience informed my decision to pursue a PhD at FIU in water governance within Wayuu territory. My research considers the recurring global water crisis that humanity is faced with due to climate change, and how marginalized, Indigenous governing institutions, in dialogue with a variety of international, national and local NGOs as well as governmental entities, are confronting this reality and working towards improving or maintaining their livelihoods.