Noa Cykman

Graduate Student
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Monday 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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SSMS 3013


Environmental Sociology. Relational Sociology. Decolonial Theory. Multispecies Studies. Agroecology.


B.A., Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil

M.A., in Political Sociology, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil


As a graduate student and Fulbright scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Noa Cykman studies society-ecology relationships from an interdisciplinary and decolonial approach. Her theoretical framework includes critical theory, relational sociology, environmental sociology, multispecies studies, and ecology. Her dissertation looks at how social and ecological issues merge in Indigenous agroecological practices led by grassroots social movements in Brazil, presenting a viable response to the unfolding climate and ecological crises. Her M.A. thesis (UCSB), "Cracks in the Concrete: Urban Multispecies Justice at the Isla Vista Food Forest" was an ethnographic participatory-action research project carried out at the Isla Vista Food Forest, where she works as a core organizer. She holds an M.A. in Political Sociology and a B.A. in Social Sciences from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil, where she founded and coordinated the Utopia Lab (Laboratório da Utopia – Luta). Her M.A. thesis (UFSC) linked utopian practice and epistemological change, applying a decolonial and post-structuralist perspective to an ethnographic study of Rainbow Gatherings. She is associated with the Orfalea Center and is a part of the EJ/CJ (Environmental Justice/Climate Justice) Hub at UCSB.