Dr. Luisa Ramirez
Luisa Ramírez holds a PhD in Geography and Environmental Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University. Luisa’s research brings together governance, social-ecological systems, and conservation theory and looks at conservation and sustainability issues in coastal and marine environments in the Latin American context. Luisa’s doctoral research specifically examined opportunities and constraints for integrating key aspects of governance and for shifting traditional top-down schemes towards more collaborative and integrative forms that enhance conservation and social outcomes.
Luisa completed her MSc in Marine Science at the University of Puerto Rico and a BSc in Forestry Engineering at the National University of Colombia. Luisa has been involved in various research projects in mangrove restoration, biodiversity conservation planning and governance, and community-based research. She has collaborated with government organizations, international NGOs, and ethnic minorities groups. Luisa brings to the program her academic training in natural and social sciences and more than 10 years of research experience.