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Summer School in Puerto Rico: Ethnography, Community and Environment



The Summer School focuses on the intersections between ethnography, community and environmental issues in Puerto Rico’s Eastern Region. The initiative is aimed at undergraduate and graduate students from different universities from North America, Latin America, the Caribbean Region and Puerto Rico. Also for interested people. The experience is expected to provide students and participating faculty an opportunity to:

  1. Familiarize with regional environmental issues from a qualitative research standpoint.
  2. Reflect on the possibilities of the ethnographic approach to study environmental issues.
  3. Encourage a transdisciplinary exchange between students and faculty from different academic institutions, departments at UPRH and other institutions in Puerto Rico.
  4. Strengthen student’s knowledge and skills regarding qualitative and ethnographic research methodologies.

Through seminars, field trips and guided fieldwork with mentors, the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao , will offer undergraduate and graduate students a learning experience about different theoretical and methodological aspects of ethnographic research. Faculty will offer seminars based on a variety of topics such as:

  • Political ecology and climate crisis
  • Ethnography, artisanal fishing and food security.
  • Ethnography, community-based arts and marine affairs.
  • Local knowledge in environmental governance in Puerto Rico.
  • Community-based Participatory Action Research and Environmental Justice.
  • Ecotourism, local development and Nature Protected Areas in the Eastern Region of Puerto Rico

Coordinators and Research Faculty


  • Dr. María Cruz Torres, School of Transborder Studies, Arizona State University
  • Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Bonilla, Social Sciences Department, UPR Humacao campus
  • Dr. Alejandro Torres Abreu, Interdisciplinary Institute for Social Action and Research, UPR Humacao campus

Research Faculty

  • Dr. José Eduardo Martínez Reyes, Anthropology Department, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Dr. Carlos Vélez-Ibañez, School of Transborder Studies, Arizona State University
  • Dr. Samiri Hernández Hiraldo, Sociology department and Criminal Justice, Florida A&M University
  • Prof. Fernando Sylva Caraballo, Science Instute for Puerto Rico’s Conservation
  • Dr. Aixa Aleman Díaz, George Mason University
  • Dr. Miguel Del Pozo,  University of PR at Ponce

Enrollment & Deadline

Activity: June 1-12, 2020


To enroll, please contact “División de Educación Continua” (DECEP) at phone 787-850-9316. To reserve your space complete the following form:

Registration Form

Deadline is April 17, 2020.

Spaces are limited!

Contact information: Dr. Alejandro Torres Abreu at


  • Local Students and Residents of Puerto Rico: *$400*
  • Students whose institution and residency is not Puerto Rico: *$1,800

Flights and ground transportation from airport to ARECMA are not included.

The fees WITHOUT accommodation option includes lunches, snacks, and all program related activities like seminars, field trips, and team-based projects with a mentor.

The fees WITH accommodation includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner as will be presented in the activities program  lodging is for 12 days and 11 nights in a shared room for 10-12 persons, basic maintenance, security, and recreational areas like a library. Accommodations for overnight stay are provided in “ARECMA” at Mariana, Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit to:


Pre-requisites:  Spanish fluency (oral and written) and valid health insurance. All seminars and experiences will be offered in Spanish.


Course Credits: Official Attendance certificate and transfer credit options.

Reserve your space

To enroll, please contact “División de Educación Continua” (DECEP) at phone 787-850-9316. To reserve your space complete the following form:

Registration Form


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