- Natural resources management
- Natural resources governance
- Community-based management
- Statistical and data analysis
Paula Andrea Sánchez García is an MSc candidate at the centre
During her Bachelor Programme, Sánchez García was in touch and received insights from researchers that worked with community-based natural resource management in Colombia, which inspires her to make her thesis project in this field of study. After this and starting to work in some research projects in this topic, she realized that resilience thinking is a useful tool to understand and comprehend conflicts among nature and society, which in the long-term can help find solutions for nowadays environmental problems. That’s why Sánchez García decided to start the Master's Programme at SRC, so that she could deepen her knowledge in both socio-ecological and resilience thinking for sustainable development.
Sánchez García's Bachelor Programme was in Ecology and, contrary to what one might think, her undergraduate studies where not only focused on biological research and knowledge. She received courses in socio-ecology, political ecology, social research, environmental education, ecological economy, etc. Of course, the program linked social science classes with a formation in biology, chemistry, mathematical modeling and other field of natural science studies. This gave her a background as an interdisciplinary researcher and thinker. After she graduated from college, several job experiences have strengthened her interdisciplinary formation. Before she came to the SRC, I had two important job experiences. The first one was working with the CIRAD (The French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development) in understanding the impacts that public and private policies related to FLEGT approaches have had in the legality of the forestry sector in the country. The other job experience was working at the Ministry of Interior to reconcile economic growth and cultural/ethnic diversity.
Sánchez García thinks of herself as a very pragmatic person. In this sense, resilience and socio-ecological thinking are useful tools for understanding reality, which doesn’t mean that in the scientific world, there aren’t other ways of studying environmental problems. However, in her personal experience, both resilience and socio-ecological systems both are a tremendous epistemological approach for understanding and finding solutions to conflicts between nature and society.