A Venezuela sociologist, specializing in local environmental knowledge and conflict transformation in Latin America using participatory action-research. She has dedicated most of her professional life to the study of socio-environmental conflicts, with a special interest on politics of knowledge, indigenous peoples’ environmental knowledge systems and cultural identity politics. She has worked extensively in CanaimaNational Park, Venezuela as part of interdisciplinary and multi-institutional research teams studyinenvironmental conflicts and helping to strengthen the capacity of the Pemon indigenous people. This hasinvolved working with the Pemon on historical reconstruction, knowledge revitalization (particularly in relation to fire use), and the development of their Life Plans. She has also carried out action research on local knowledge of fire with the Wapishana and Makuxi indigenous peoples in Guyana as part of their territorial management plans and with the Monkoxi People in Bolivia helping to strengthen their territorial autonomy.

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