About me

I am an environmental social scientist and action researcher focusing on the study of patterns, interactions and feedbacks between humans and nature. Specialized in policy and institutional analysis from an evolutionary, resilience thinking and commons perspective, my aim is to contribute to the current understanding of the development 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 through adaptive approaches to decision making, management and governance. 

When in a consultancy capacity, I enjoy working in the resolution of complex problems with other people, in strategic or systems thinking mode. My role is an analyst and facilitator to find 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 organizing (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-UV), collaborating to build the environmental and nature policy analysis function of ESFRI's eLTER Research Infrastructure. I also contribute to the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium and to the International Association for the Study of the Commons and its  Early Career Network

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

ORCID: 0000-0003-1825-6496

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