Nature–Culture–Sustainability Studies

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Students

Through interdisciplinary research and scholarship, students in the Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies Master's program investigate issues in the environmental arts and humanities from a range of critical perspective. In collaboration with faculty in NCSS and throughout RISD, they develop individualized research programs that prepare them to make important interventions in the fields of art, architecture, design, communication, environmental policy and more.

Dillon Foster

Dillon Foster

Sierra Gideon

Sierra Gideon

Victor Rivera-Diaz

Victor Rivera-Diaz

Rini Singhi

Rini Singhi

Dillon Foster

Dillon Foster is an ecologist and social theorist with an academic interest in political ecology, geography, and green urbanism. Foster earned a BA in Philosophy and BS in Environmental Studies from Western Michigan University, where his research focused on analyzing the uneven transformation of Michigan’s socio-environmental landscape. Through the NCSS program Foster hopes to explore the ways in which nature/space and social power relations such as class, race, and gender are interconnected and manifested materially. Foster asks how critical design can inform our visions of a post-carbon future, particularly in produced environments, to help create radically new social relations and spaces of resistance.

Sierra Gideon

Sierra Gideon is a writer from Hamilton, Montana. She earned a BA in English with an emphasis in Literature from the University of Montana, where she developed an interest in nonfiction writing, postmodern studies, urbanization, and demographic change. While living abroad in France and working during the pandemic, she has further examined her notions of consumerism, globalization, and human movement in reaction to crisis. Gideon has most recently worked as a server and as a teacher for children of low-income families. She is an avid reader, journaler, amateur home cook, and flaneur in her free time. Gideon hopes to study cities as integral components of ecosystems and eventually apply her academic interests in the form of community planning, sustainable urban design, and written nonfiction.

Victor Rivera-Diaz

Victor Rivera-Diaz is an environmental steward, visual artist, and writer who hails from the breadbasket region of Central California. He earned his BA in Environmental Studies with a minor in Linguistics from UC Santa Cruz. After graduating, he moved to Mexico City where he collaborated with public policy and data specialist teams to advocate for sustainable fishery systems following the 2018 national election season. His research interests include green urbanisms, design and indigeneity, and representations of nature. In his work, he hopes to probe and portray the aesthetico-spatial dimensions of urban life and the environment in Latin America through grassroots representational methods.

Rini Singhi

Rini Singhi is a Creative Consultant for publications and brands that focus on food. A marketing major, she earned a degree in Business Administration from NMIMS, Bombay, India. She started her professional journey with India's most prominent food delivery aggregator, which pushed her to understand how and what people eat. Then, with a desire to understand food cultures on a deeper level and how it intersects with shaping consumption and food brand ecosystem, she worked with Goya Journal, a food publication in India that sheds light on the diversity of food habits in an Indian context. Her goal is to understand how food, sustainability, and cultures are intertwined. Currently, her research is around how food brands shape eating habits. She loves to cook food, writing on her blog, and aspires to learn illustration.