Short Bio Federica Ravera is a PhD student in Ecological Economics at the ICTA, working on ecological economics, political ecology and environment and development issues. She obtained a bachelor degree in Environmental Sciences at the Universitá degli Studi di Milano Bicocca. She is master degree in Rural Development and International Cooperation for European School of Advanced Studies - Università degli Studi di Pavia (Italia) (2002) and master degree in Ecological Economics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2007). She was collaboring with the Unit of Agrarian System Analysis at the FAO in Rome and Peru from 2002 to 2005, as young consultant. She was working from 2006 to 2009 in the ACCD project "Social Multicriteria Assessment of sustainable management and development alternatives in the semi-arid agroecological systems of the Miraflor – Moropotente protected area (Nicaragua)" by collaborating with the CREAF (Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals) and ICTA (Instituto Ciencies and Tecnologies Ambientals) as project's fellow. In 2009 she spent 6 month collaborating with the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds as a Marie Curie fellow. She is particularly interested in resilience and vulnerability studies, adaptive action-research and adaptive governance, learning and knowledge systems management. Current research focuses on interpretation and analysis of drought vulnerability and adaptability in semi-arid systems, exploring the interface between socio-economic and ecological systems, connecting qualitative scenario development and modelling in integrated and participatory assessment methodologies.
Research interests: Resilience theories, participatory action-research, integrated assessment and social metabolism, learning and knowledge management, rural studies, vulnerability and adaptability, environmental conflicts
Selected Publication: Ravera F, Tarrasón D and Simelton E. (in press). Envisioning Adaptive Strategies to Change: Participatory Scenarios for Agro-Pastoral Semi-Arid Systems in Nicaragua. Ecology and Society. Ravera F, Tarrasón D, Andrés P, Grasa R. 2009. Proceso y métodos de evaluación integrada participativa de degradación en agroecosistemas semiáridos: un caso de estudio en un área protegida en el trópico seco nicaragüense. Revista Iberoamericana de Economía Ecológica 13:79-99. Ravera F. 2007. Partnership for territorial development: an example from the Peruvian central Andes. Land Reform, Land Settlement and Cooperatives 2007/1. FAO, Rome.