This fall, Christina Puzzolo, MA International Affairs ’17, will travel to the coastal Philippines to study seaweed farming, which is promoted as an “alternative livelihood strategy” that is economically secure and environmentally sustainable.
Puzzolo will have the opportunity to work abroad after being named a winner of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that provides grants for research, study and teaching opportunities in more than 140 countries around the world.
For her Fulbright project, The New School alum will empirically examine “the benefits and burdens of value-added seaweed production” in Palawan Island, Philippines, as a case study for a broader inquiry into what is known as the blue economy.
“I think my ongoing passion for human-environment relations helped make me a strong candidate,” Puzzolo says. “While my past experiences have not specifically focused on marine resource management (as my Fulbright research will), I have been interested in gaining more experience in this field, particularly in Southeast Asia, for a while now. I saw applying to the Fulbright Program as a great opportunity to propose my own project and have the chance to gain research experience.”