Panel 7

Resilience and environmental services

Thursday, 4th of february 2021
11.30 - 12.30

In the fight for the protection of the environment, policies of adaptation to climate change and the resilience of environmental systems are developing more and more.  This panel will explore the theory and application of resilience approaches to environmental systems.

Amanda Jim√©nez Aceituno is a postdoctoral researcher within the GRAID programme (Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development). She is working on the analysis of an emerging database of initiatives that have a high potential to contribute to more sustainable social-ecological futures, and that are being collected by the Seeds of a Good Anthropocenes project. These ‚ÄúSeeds‚ÄĚ are existing social-ecological initiatives that demonstrate one or more elements of a positive future that might contribute to creating a good Anthropocene. By applying novel analytical frameworks on sustainability transformations, her research aims to build understanding on the features of initiatives that have a high transformative potential, and analyse the contexts that best support these initiatives. Prior to joining the SRC, Jim√©nez Aceituno worked as a PhD student at the Social-Ecological Systems Laboratory, at the Ecology Department of the Universidad Aut√≥noma de Madrid. Jim√©nez Aceituno defended her PhD thesis Analysis of communication, education and participation projects for biodiversity conservation: cases of study of Spain and Costa Rica in 2015. In her thesis, she designed an integrated framework for analysing how conservation projects incorporate communication, education and participation strategies, evaluating their pitfalls and developing a set of strategic lines of future intervention. As a part of her PhD thesis, she conducted fieldwork in Costa Rica for a total of seven months in 2010 and 2012. She was located at the Costa Rican National Biodiversity Institute (INBio) and interviewed a variety of stakeholders involved with environmental education programs (NGO¬īs, academy, government and private companies) and conducted a social network analysis. During 2011, she also held a long-term internship at the University of Florida, working with Dr. Susan K. Jacobson and Dr. Martha C. Monroe. Jim√©nez Aceituno is heavily involved in the Seeds of a Good Anthropocene project, and she has participated in running the workshop for Envisioning better Anthropocenes for North Europe, implementing the methods previously used in the Anthropocene Visioning Workshop developed in Cape Town, South Africa (2016).


Laura Turley is a doctoral researcher and teaching assistant at the University of Geneva’s Institute for Environmental Sciences (ISE). Her research is associated with the UNESCO Chair on Hydropolitics. Laura holds a MSc (Distinction) in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford, and a B.A. (First Class Honours) in International Development from McGill University. Prior to joining the University of Geneva, Laura was directing a research consulting practice on water policy and governance for diverse international clients. From 2012 to 2015 she was a Project Officer with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). She continues to collaborate on various professional projects alongside her Ph.D.


Gaélane Wolff is a teaching assistant and doctoral student at Global Studies Institute (GSI) and the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of Geneva. Gaélane holds a Master in Political Sciences and Globalisation from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland (2019), a Master in Political and Social Sciences from Science Po Strasbourg, France (2017), and a Bachelor in Sociology at the University of Strasbourg, France (2016). Her current research focuses on non-state actors (NSA) in disaster management. More specifically, she is studying how NSA, such as private foundations, justify their interventions following natural disasters and how disaster management becomes a political and economic issue.