Garin Bulger is a Research Specialist with the Center for Urban Policy Research at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. His research focuses on climate adaptation policy, environmental policy, community-led work, and climate justice. Specifically, he studies how communities across the world are implementing local food system programs, the policies that influence them, and food sovereignty programs as methods with which to adapt to climate change. Garin is also a PhD student in Public Policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, writing a dissertation forging an ontological link between the agrarian philosophy of Wendell Berry and the modern indigenous food sovereignty movement, while analyzing the policies that affect both. With his research and work, Garin hopes to contribute to ongoing efforts connecting climate adaptation policy action and local food systems in both the academic and policy worlds.
Garin was born in Concord, New Hampshire. He holds a B.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications from Ithaca College and in Master of Public Policy with a focus in International Relations from the Rutgers University. He currently resides in Cranford, New Jersey, with his wife, three-year-old son, and beloved dog.