Nick Tinoco

Nick Tinoco

Graduate Student


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Nick is a Phd student in sociology at UCLA interested in environmental sociology, climate mobilities, disaster displacement, and qualitative methods. Currently, his work focuses on wildfire recovery and preparedness efforts in Los Angeles, County following the 2018 Woolsey Fire. His research primarily looks to examine how wildfire survivors make recovery decisions about whether to return and rebuild, the lived-experience of short-distance disaster displacement, and the preparedness strategies that emerge at the neighborhood and city levels in response to wildfire.


  • M.A. in Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles 2022.
  • B.A. in International Relations and Contemporary Latino and Latin American Studies, University of Southern California 2019.

Fields of Study

Environmental Sociology, Climate Mobilities, Disasters, Displacement, Qualitative Methods

Awards & Grants

  • Graduate Research Mentorship Program Award, Graduate Division, UCLA, 2022-2023
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program Award, Graduate Division, UCLA, 2022
  • Student Opportunities for Academic Research, USC Dornsife, 2018
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fund, USC Dornsife, 2018

Conference Presentations

“(Im)mobility aspiration formation in the wildland-urban interface: How wildfire shapes mobility preferences in Southern California” American Sociological Association Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA August 2022. (Roundtable Session)