CREW examines emergent frameworks and strategies for achieving environmental justice.

Connecting critical perspectives on environmental change, knowledge, and political power, we focus on diverse forms of ‘restorative environmental work’ — collective efforts to rebuild relations of respect and reciprocity between people, places, ecosystems, and all living beings.

CREW is a hub for research on core themes including:
rights of nature
multispecies justice
transitions thinking
decommissioning practices

Our geographic focus extends through active connections in California and Latin America to the broader Pacific Rim. Across the region, restorative environmental initiatives both challenge and expand our understanding of critical global issues, including post-carbon futures; climate justice; resource frontiers; and neo/colonialism.

** The CREW Communcations email list is open to everyone at UC Santa Barbara. It is a platform for scholars, students, and practitioners engaging with environmental and climate justice and commitments to restorative environmental work. To join, click this link and log in with your UCSB NetID to complete the sign up process.

Above: oil well decommissioning work on Haskell's Beach in Goleta, California (completed in 2023 after this photo was taken). Image by Tristan Partridge.
Below: Solar panels in the Atacama Desert in Chile. Photograph (c) Jamey Stillings.

Below: Coal plants at the Ventanas site in Chile. Photograph (c) Alamy.

Burdick Global Scholars Program 2023

CREW is leading the 2023 UCSB Burdick Global Scholars Program.

The Burdick Global Scholars Program supports undergraduate students who want to participate in research abroad. In 2023 the program will take a group of 6 students for 3 weeks to Santiago, Chile, led by Professors Javiera Barandiaran (Global Studies, UCSB), Tristan Partridge (Global Studies, UCSB) and Maite Salazar (Environmental Studies, Universidad Católica de Chile), to conduct research in rural communities grappling with the impacts of climate change near the capital, Santiago.

These impacts include prolonged drought, glacier loss, and rising temperatures. In 2022, Chilean voters rejected a new constitution that would have introduced substantial changes to environmental law and policy. This project asks, what if anything remains of the forward-thinking spirit of the new constitution in these rural communities? How are residents confronting industrial projects and changing economic opportunities in light of climate change and failed constitutional reform? What alliances exist between these rural communities and outsiders, including environmental scientists, activists, and government officials, and how do these shape responses to climate change-induced challenges?

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CREW Team Members

Our team continues to grow. Read more about those involved here:


Javiera Barandiaran

Director and co-founder of CREW, Javiera Barandiaran is Associate Professor in the Department of Global Studies at UCSB. Javiera's work explores the intersection of science, environment, and development in Latin America.

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Tristan Partridge

Academic Coordinator and co-founder of CREW, Tristan Partridge is a Lecturer in the Department of Global Studies and the Blum Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy at UCSB. Tristan's work examines issues of energy, inequality, and Indigenous struggles for justice, including collective efforts to defend the high-altitude páramo wetlands in Ecuador.

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Nick Triozzi

GIS and Mapping Specialist at CREW, Nick Triozzi is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at UCSB.

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Toni Valtierra

Vanessa Toni Valtierra is an undergraduate researcher with CREW.

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Maite Salazar

Within CREW, Dr. Maite Salazar is co-Director of the Burdick Global Scholars Program 2023. Maite is an outreach specialist and researcher at the Millennium Institute for Integrative Biology iBio in Chile.

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Burdick Global Scholars

CREW is leading the 2023 UCSB Burdick Global Scholars Program.

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Some of the focal points for research in CREW: