Alex Laplaza is a Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia where he examines how sociotechnical and biophysical systems interact to affect development and resource management outcomes. He cofounded an Indonesian non-profit organization that empowers climate-vulnerable rural communities to build adaptive capacities and financial sustainability. Alex’s research interests include climate adaptation, geopolitics, and natural resource governance. He is particularly interested in understanding the governance implications of climate engineering technologies on food and water systems. Alex graduated with a BA from American University’s School of International Service.