Olivia Sylvester is an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Food Systems in the Department of Environment and Development at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace, Costa Rica. For the past decade, her research and teaching program has focused on food security & sovereignty, gender, human rights, and climate change in Costa Rica. She works with women, men, and youth regarding: Indigenous and wild food harvesting, food security education, and community gardens. She is interested in supporting people young and Elder to gain the support and skills necessary to access culturally appropriate foods, healthy for people and for the land. Her overall goal is to support inclusive, and just sustainable development through the one thing all people can relate to, our food.
Currently Olivia is teaching the following graduate courses in person and online: sustainable agriculture, food security, climate change adaptation, research methods, and gender and environment. Olivia is also a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the International Society of Ethnobiology, the Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage Project, and the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance. Being active within these networks allows her to work at the interface of policy, research, and action regarding sustainable food systems.