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My research is dedicated to unraveling the complex interplay between social and environmental dynamics in both urban and rural settings. With a keen focus on understanding the profound impact of globalization and land-use change, I strive to shed light on the implications for sustainable development and environmental well-being. A central pillar of my research lies in actively engaging with public policy frameworks and stakeholders, with a particular emphasis on addressing the challenges and opportunities arising from these transformative processes.

This endeavor is grounded in empirical methodologies, drawing from both qualitative analyses and consultations with stakeholders to illuminate the intricate relationships shaping landscapes, especially in regions of the Global South. As a PhD student, I contribute to the development of a novel framework known as "Sustainable Forest Transitions." I aim to connect the drivers of forest cover change with human development, linking them to wider political and economic processes. Through rigorous data analysis and engagement with diverse communities, I endeavour to bridge knowledge gaps and promote effective and equitable forest restoration practices that benefit both nature and society.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, Assessment of petenes resilience to sea level rise due to climate change in Mexico, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur

Jan 2013May 2015

Award Date: 1 May 2015

Areas of expertise

  • QH301 Biology
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • GE Environmental Sciences


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