sustainability science & design

About me

I am an environmental scientist focusing on the study of patterns, interactions and feedbacks between humans and nature. Specialised in policy and institutional analysis from a resilience thinking and commons perspective, my aim is to contribute to the current understanding of the evolution of the conditions necessary for human cooperation to attain more equitable and sustainable opportunities, governance and outcomes in social-ecological systems (SES). The SES field relies on a complexity science lens, the use of participatory approaches to understand and tackle challenges, and the embracing of uncertainties upfront through adaptive approaches to decision making, management and governance. Driven by my passion for science fiction, I am also interested in understanding how space exploration, use of resources and governance can be done in an ethical and sustainable way, and what lessons and insights can be extracted from such novel understanding to address global systemic risks under radical uncertainty.

When in a consultancy capacity, I enjoy working in the resolution of complex problems with other people, in design or systems thinking mode. My role is an analyst applying research-based ways for improving policy and decision making under uncertainty in different sectors: natural resources; nature conservation; ecosystem management; environmental, coastal and urban planning; biodiversity; fisheries; tourism; and emergency aid. I have experience in facilitating and organising (individually or collaboratively) social interaction in meetings and workshops, including controversial or competitive situations dominated by large power asymmetries or highly invested actors.

Currently, I work as a researcher at the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Management (INGENIO, CSIC-UPV), contributing to build the environmental and nature policy analysis function of ESFRI's eLTER Research Infrastructure. I am a proud member of the International Association for the Study of the Commons and its Early Career Network.

You can get in touch with me through email: pfmendez@gmail.com or pfmendez@ingenio.upv.es

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