Dr. Holst has devised advocacy programs addressing human rights, environmental and social justice issues in the United States, the West African Sahara, the jungles of southeast Asia, and the highlands and lowlands of the Andes-Amazon region in Latin America. His work has focused on environmental justice, human rights reporting and advocacy, microfinance reform, emergency relief, youth homelessness, and human trafficking.
He is an applied visual anthropologist, consulting for nonprofits and government agencies, directing documentaries, and publishing articles on humanitarian issues. He teaches at Colorado College at least once a year where he teaches courses on applying anthropological research to social problems and anthropological documentary film-making.
His body of work includes:
— Recovering democracy with the help of social movements
— The intersection of violent conflict and environmental issues
— Insights on sustainability from indigenous communities in the Amazon
— Environmental justice in the US, Latin America, and Southeast Asia
— Micro-finance reform
— Social protection and emergency relief
Holst Academic CV 2018web