Assistant Research Professor

Carlos Andres works in agroecology, planetary health, and nutrition. His interdisciplinary profile combines behavioral, life and social sciences, arts, and communications. Carlos Andres has more than a decade of experience in applied and community-based research, with experiences in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Australia, and the U.S. He has published extensively in scientific journals, and has coauthored a book, a book chapter and two social marketing manuals.

Carlos Andres co-ordinates the Agroecology, Nature, and Health research area in the UVM Institute for Agroecology and is the principal investigator (PI) of three projects framed with participative, transdisciplinary, pluralistic and justice-oriented lenses: (i) a cross-cultural learning process with BIPOC rural and urban farming communities in the U.S. to critically address issues around ethnicity, embodiment, power, and the hegemony of knowledge in nature and health research; (ii) a pilot study on the Earth-health connection using a coherence model (i.e., life is as an interconnected whole, links between soil and plants microbiology, human gut bacteria and emotions); (iii) and a collaboration in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia to share Andean perspectives to understand health and well-being effects of disconnecting from traditional agroecosystems and Mother Nature.

In addition, he is the Research Coordinator of the Caliata Initiative – an international community-based partnership promoting sustainability projects in rural Andes. Also, a Faculty Associate at the Buder Center for American Indian Studies in Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), advising on food sovereignly, resiliency, and sustainability. Carlos Andres collaborates with Drs. Iannotti (WUSTL, E3 Nutrition Lab) and Waters (Universidad San Francisco de Quito [USFQ]), acting as social marketing specialist for Ecuador’s pilot “Mikhuna Project: Evolutionary Maternal Nutrition.”


Gallegos-Riofrio, C. A., Carrasco-Torrontegui, A., Riofrio, L. A., Waters, W. F., Iannotti, L. L., Pintag, M., ... & Méndez, V. E. (2022). Terraces and ancestral knowledge in an Andean agroecosystem: a call for inclusiveness in planetary health action. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 1-35.

Gallegos-Riofrío, C. A., Arab, H., Carrasco-Torrontegui, A., & Gould, R. K. (2022). Chronic deficiency of diversity and pluralism in research on nature's mental health effects: A planetary health problem. Current Research in Environmental Sustainability, 100148.

Gallegos-Riofrío, C.A., Waters, W.F., Carrasco-Torrontegui, A. M., Riofrio, L. A., Pintag, M., Caranqui, M., Caranqui, J., BlackDeer, A. A., Iannotti, L. L. (2021). Caliata: vital lessons from a small indigenous community in Ecuador on food sovereignty and sustainable diets. Current Developments in Nutrition, 5(4), 61–73,

Gallegos-Riofrío, C.A., Waters, W.F. Carrasco-Torrontegui, A., & Iannotti, L. L. (2021). Identity, social institutions and cosmovision in the agri-food system of an indigenous community in the Andes. Geoforum, 127, 1-11.

Gallegos‐Riofrío, C. A., Waters, W. F., Salvador, J. M., Carrasco, A. M., Lutter, C. K., Stewart, C. P., & Iannotti, L. L. (2018). The Lulun Project's social marketing strategy in a trial to introduce eggs during complementary feeding in Ecuador. Maternal & Child Nutrition, 14, e12700.

Gallegos, C.A., Waters, W.F. & Sebert Kuhlman, A.K., (2017). Discourse versus practice: are traditional practices and beliefs in pregnancy and childbirth included or excluded in the Ecuadorian health care system? International Health, 9 (2), 105–111.

Headshot of Carlos Andres Gallegos Riofrio

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Agroecology, indigenous people, rural studies, public health nutrition, social marketing, applied participatory research


  • PhD, Social Work, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis
  • MS, Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development, Australian National University
  • BA, Psychology, Universidad San Francisco de Quito


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