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Research Interests

Collaborative Governance for Sustainable Natural Resource Management; (Feminist) Political Ecology; Shared community resource ownership; Collective Action; Community land ownership; Environmental Stewardship; Leadership and (Collective) Leadership theories; Change Agents in Sustainability Transitions; Policy Entrepreneurship; Transition Management; Institutional change; Transdisciplinary research and Participatory Action Research; Scholar Activism; Resourcefulness; Agroecological Systems; Urban Food Systems;

PhD Project

My research (a co-funded project between Welsh Government and Coventry University) investigates the ways in which collaborative forms of natural resource planning, management and ownership are currently being pursued in Wales and with what effect. It reviews the contribution of place-based initiatives to building sustainable, resourceful and resilient relationships between people and their surrounding natural resource base. Specifically, I investigate the role and impact of practices, schemes and models of shared management and ownership, trying to understand what motivates people to get involved in and take ownership of shared and collaborative practices (eg intangible feelings, beliefs and forms of attachment associated with a shared sense of natural resource ownership). On one side, I've conducted a participatory-inspired and transdisciplinary research with Project Skyline (@imaginemyvalley), a third sector-led, feasibility study, run between July 2018 and May 2019, looking at the potential for large-scale community land transfer in Wales, and especially in three areas in the South Wales Valleys. On the other, I've been working with policy-makers within Welsh Government and Natural Resource Wales, through my involvement in a series of workshops and events with stakeholders from public and private sectors, as well as community groups, around place-based and collaborative working. Finally, I've engaged in group and individual interviews with key actors of landscape partnerships that have adopted a sustainable management of natural resource (SMNR)-inspired approach, through funding provided by a Welsh Government's grant scheme. By shedding light on barriers and drivers to work collaboratively for the sustainable management of the natural resources, including the role of transdisciplinary research in supporting joint-up approaches and practices, the ultimate goal of this research is to inform the action of government and institutions to better support the development of resourceful and resilient communities, able to guarantee their own human-ecological wellbeing. 

Education/Academic qualification

Sustainable Development - Environmental Governance , MSc, University of Utrecht

Sep 2014Nov 2016

Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Degree, LUISS University, Rome

Sep 2010Nov 2013

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