Brian Dowd-Uribe is an Assistant Professor in the International Studies Department at the University of San Francisco. His current research explores the social, agro-ecological and economic dimensions of food, agriculture and water policy, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America. Specifically Dr. Dowd-Uribe’s research examines whether and to what extent transgenic crops benefit small farmers in Burkina Faso, the role of decentralized water governance committees in mitigating water-related conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa, and the role of farmers’ market in achieving both food and farm security in Central America. Before joining USF, Dr. Dowd-Uribe was Chair of the Department of Environment and Development at the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. He also previously served as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University’s Earth Institute where he currently holds the title of Adjunct Research Scientist. Dr. Dowd-Uribe received his interdisciplinary PhD in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Prior to his graduate work, he served as an Environmental Protection Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa.