- Process-relational perspectives
- Citizen participation
- Water Governance
- Coastal communities
- Network analysis
- Forum theatre
Maria Mancilla-García’s research focuses on relationality in social-ecological systems, including network analysis and theoretical work on the concepts of intertwinedness and dynamism
Mancilla-García is currently working on two research projects. One of these projects focuses on analysing and comparing different approaches to causality in sustainability studies and beyond. This collaborative project brings together several research perspectives from sociology, philosophy and ecology and is led by Maja Schlüter. Mancilla-García specifically will work on bringing a process-relational perspective to the analysis of causal relations in social-ecological systems.
The second project, that Mancilla-García is leading, investigates how coastal communities in Kenya and Mozambique deal with interlinked economic political and climate related challenges. This project uses community theatre to explore social-ecological relations and to what extent they enhance or hinder communities’ wellbeing.
Mancilla-García holds a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Oxford. She also obtained a Master of Research from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France) and, a Bachelor and Master degree from the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (Sciences-Po Paris). During her studies in Paris, she also followed philosophy courses at the University of Paris 1, La Sorbonne. She has worked on polycentric water governance arrangements in Latin America (Bolivia, Peru and Brazil) and Africa (Burkina Faso). She first joined the SRC in 2015 with a Marie Curie Post-doctoral scholarship to work with Örjan Bodin on a network analysis of participation dynamics in water basin councils. She then joined the SES-Link group led by Maja Schlüter to work on process and relational perspectives.
In addition to the SRC, Mancilla-García, is also affiliated with the Research Group on Territorial Systems and Structures at the University of Seville (Spain) as an associate researcher.
News articles with Mancilla García, Maria
Research news | 2020-09-23
Centre receives funding boost from Swedish research council Formas
Three projects looking at ways to realise the Sustainable Development Goals receive almost SEK 60 million in funding
Research news | 2020-06-04
Conflict and collaboration in pandemic times
How network analysis can help understand why some actors choose to pick a fight while others want to collaborate
Research news | 2020-05-26
Everything flows in social ecological systems. Research needs to adapt
Focusing on processes and relations rather than entities can help solve key challenges in sustainability research
Research news | 2020-03-10
Why constant change is more important than stability
We talk and think in terms of things and entities that are stable and unchanging. This is understandable, but misguided, researchers argue