Amaia Albizua holds a BSc in Enviromental Sciencies and a MSc in Environmental Studies from the UAB and MSc on Soils and Water Management at ETSEA (Technical School of Agricultural Engineering) of University of Lerida. The master thesis were about vulnerability and adaptation to Climate Change with a values-based approach in the Ebro Delta and soils mapping to check the influence of soils properties in the attenuation of nitrates in the underground water in a wetland in Vitoria-Gasteiz, respectively. She has had previous experiences such as an internship in the UNESCO Cluster Office in Accra (Ghana) assistingand monitoring biosphere reserve declarations and their impacts on the socio-ecological system. Started in November 2011, her doctoral research focuses on the trade-offs of agrarian intensification on agrarian soil ecosystem services and human well-being with a focus on social perception and valuation of agrarian ecosystem services, social vulnerability to multiple stressors faced by rural areas and the institutional role on shaping this vulnerability with a case study in Itoiz-Canal de Navarra.
Her research interest includes political ecology (environmental justices regarding land and water dispossession), soil ecology, rural-metabolism, adaptation policy and participant research.