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- Social-ecological systems
- Transformations for sustainability
- Transformation potential
Amanda Jiménez Aceituno research focuses on resilience and transformations, as well as initiatives with high potential to contribute to a good Anthropocene
Jiménez-Aceituno is a postdoctoral researcher within the GRAID programme (Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development). She is working on the analysis of an emerging database of initiatives that have a high potential to contribute to more sustainable social-ecological futures, and that are being collected by the Seeds of a Good Anthropocenes project. These “Seeds” are existing social-ecological initiatives that demonstrate one or more elements of a positive future that might contribute to creating a good Anthropocene. By applying novel analytical frameworks on sustainability transformations, her research aims to build understanding on the features of initiatives that have a high transformative potential, and analyse the contexts that best support these initiatives.
Prior to joining the SRC, Jiménez Aceituno worked as a PhD student at the Social-Ecological Systems Laboratory, at the Ecology Department of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Jiménez Aceituno defended her PhD thesis Analysis of communication, education and participation projects for biodiversity conservation: cases of study of Spain and Costa Rica in 2015. In her thesis, she designed an integrated framework for analysing how conservation projects incorporate communication, education and participation strategies, evaluating their pitfalls and developing a set of strategic lines of future intervention.
As a part of her PhD thesis, she conducted fieldwork in Costa Rica for a total of seven months in 2010 and 2012. She was located at the Costa Rican National Biodiversity Institute (INBio) and interviewed a variety of stakeholders involved with environmental education programs (NGO´s, academy, government and private companies) and conducted a social network analysis. During 2011, she also held a long-term internship at the University of Florida, working with Dr. Susan K. Jacobson and Dr. Martha C. Monroe.
Jiménez Aceituno is heavily involved in the Seeds of a Good Anthropocene project, and she has participated in running the workshop for Envisioning better Anthropocenes for North Europe, implementing the methods previously used in the Anthropocene Visioning Workshop developed in Cape Town, South Africa (2016).
News articles with Jimenez Aceituno, Amanda
Research news | 2021-09-02
Uncovering the distal human and environmental impacts of China’s reforestation efforts
How and why national sustainability initiatives contribute to unsustainable global development
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 | 2020-05-29
Five ways to boost social engagement in environmental projects
Colombia has a long tradition when it comes to nature conservation, but falls short on promoting the role of ecosystem services in their strategies. Here’s how to fix it
Research news | 2019-11-20
Local lessons for sustainable development
A study of local sustainability projects in Africa offers a new approach to understanding how grassroots projects address the SDGs