Sara Mingorría is a PhD student at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology Autonomous University of Barcelona (ICTA/UAB). He holds a Master Degree in Environmental Studies and a bachelor degree in Environmental Sciences from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), with a study experience at the Universidad Pontificia Católica do Río de Janeiro (PUC). She has undertaken research in the topics of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and the relationships man-nature for her final dissertation (2008) at the UAM. Since 2009, she research experience is based on field work in Guatemala, concerning development and indigenous/peasant communities with unequaly distribution of land and conflicts with mines, monocultures expansion of palm oil and sugar cane and protected areas. She is currently develop her PhD on rural metabolism, land grabbing, and participatory methodologies. She is interested in reflect on Participant -Research strategies as a way of doing research for the reality transformation.
Research Interests: Political Ecology, Rural-metabolism, integrated assessment, environmental conflicts, and participant research.
Sara Mingorría and Gonzalo Gamboa (2010) Metabolismo socio-ecológico de comunidades campesinas Q’eqchi’ y la expansión de la agro-industria de caña de azúcar y palma africana: Valle del Río Polochic, Guatemala. Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Ambiental de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ICTA/UAB) y el Instituto de Estudios Agrarios de la Coordinación de ONGs y Cooperativas (IDEAR/CONGCOOP). Magnaterra Editores.
Erik Gómez- Baggethun, Sara Mingorría, Victoria Reyes-García, Laura Calvet and Carlos Montes (2010) Traditional Ecological Knowledge Trends in the Transition to a Market Economy. Empirical Study in the Doñana Natural Areas. Conservation Biology 24:3, 721-729.