Short Bio María Heras received her Bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences from the University Autónoma de Madrid. In 2007-2008, she did a Masters degree on Environmental Studies, focused on Ecological Economics and Environmental Studies at ICTA, UAB. Her masters research focused on social interactions with ecological conflicts, concretely on the agro-industrial food system conflict, dealing with the issue of Food Sovereingty and its implications in Catalonia through social movements. Afterwards she did research on climate change (CC) and socially-embeded emission inventories, trying to give insights on the institutional and social factors that help or constrain local action against CC. Maria is currently working for the Center for Research and Information in Consumption (CRIC) in the field of sustainable consumption and lifestyle changes. She is currently starting her PhD thesis, titled "Towards new forms of learning: Participatory knowledge integration in the Science for Sustainability", where she will explore the interplay between art, science and particpatory methods in social learning. She is also participating with the Ecological Economics and Political Ecology Institute in the development of Food Sovereingty indicators through participative research.
Research Interests: environmental governance, social learning, and participative research.