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William San Martín


William San Martín is an interdisciplinary scholar of earth-systems sciences and global environmental governance trained in history, international politics & relations, and science & technology studies (STS). His research focuses on global nitrogen governance with particular attention to issues of expertise, sustainable development policy, and inequalities in the Global South. He examines injustices and inequalities in global science-policy interface frameworks and the governance of earth-human interactions—as processes linked to lasting issues of (under)development and colonialism.

William is an Assistant Professor of Global Environmental Science, Technology, and Governance in the Department of Integrative and Global Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is a former Fulbright Scholar (2011-2015); a Visiting Scholar and a Postdoctoral Associate jointly affiliated with the program of Science, Technology, and Society and the History Section at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2016-2018); and a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany (2021).

Born and raised in Chile, William has vast experience in policy-oriented research and building collaborations with international organizations and communities. He is currently a contributing author to the International Nitrogen Assessment and a Steering Council Member for the North American Chapter of the International Nitrogen Initiative.

Global environmental politicsNitrogen Governanceplanetary justiceScience-Policy Interface

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