PhD Student Featured in Gradpost

Bren doctoral student and Fulbright Scholar Jaime Sainz is one of three UCSBG graduate students from Mexico who are featured in a UCSB GradPost article about the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States and El Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologiathe (UC MEXUS–CONACYT).

UC MEXUS is an academic research institute dedicated to encouraging and contributing to binational and Latino research and collaborative academic programs and exchanges in order to provide “positive contributions to society in both Mexico and the United States, particularly in the graduate and professional areas," the article says.

Sainz earned a BA in Political Science from Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, and he has a master’s degree in public policy from ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autonomo de Mexico). He spent more than six years working as a public policy analyst at Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Ecologia-Semarnat and as an environmental policy consultant before applying to the PhD program in environmental science & management at the Bren School. He was supported by both a UC MEXUS-CONACYT fellowship and a Fulbright-Garcia Robles fellowship.

Sainz’s research focuses on natural disasters policy. “Particularly, I am interested in how governments affect how individuals perceive risk and implicitly choose a level of exposure to disaster,” he said.

Read the article.