Luisa Ramirez

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Luisa Ramirez
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Marine Affairs, Dalhousie University

I am an environmental social scientist with expertise in environmental governance, social-ecological systems, and policy-science interactions. My academic background includes a PhD in Geography and Environmental Studies and a MSc in Marine Science.

At the broadest scale my research aims to apply a transdisciplinary approach for understanding and bringing together different kinds of knowledge for enhancing natural resource sustainability. One stem of my work has been focused on examining governance interactions and opportunities to move towards more collaborative and comprehensive management of natural resources. More recently, as a postdoctoral researcher with the Sustainability Research Effectiveness Program at Royal Roads University and as Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellow, my research focused on analyzing characteristics of scientific research design and implementation that support achieving sustainability outcomes, and how those characteristics shape stakeholders’ perceptions on different kinds of knowledge and influence knowledge uptake in decision-making.

Over the past decade, I have been fortunate to collaborate with provincial and national governments, international and local NGOs, civil society, and indigenous peoples conducting research in topics such as: mangrove restoration in Puerto Rico, marine conservation planning and governance in Colombia, and impact assessment of land tenure and forest management researching the Peruvian Amazon.

Areas of Expertise:

Environmental governance

Marine Conservation

Social-ecological systems

Research evaluation

Science and Policy interactions.