Laia d’Armengol is an environmental scientist with a Master on Environmental Studies (Universitat de Girona) and a Master on Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development (Stockholm Resilience Centre). In 2014, she started her PhD at ICTA under the supervision of Dr. Esteve Corbera and Dr. Isabel Ruiz-Mallén. Prior to this, Laia was a research assistant in the GLEAN project (A Global Survey of Learning, Participation and Ecosystem Management in Biosphere Reserves) and an associated lecturer at the Universitat de Girona. She also worked as a practitioner and consultant in the fields of biodiversity conservation and environmental management in the public administration.
Laia’s PhD is examining the ability of adaptive co-management in small-scale fisheries to deliver its expected ecological and development outcomes, paying particular attention to social learning processes. Informed by case study research conducted in the co-managed fishery of La Encrucijada Biosphere Reserve (Chiapas, Mexico), the research draws on several schools of thought in environmental social science, including common pool resources management theory, adaptive management and political ecology, and methods include open-ended interviews, focus groups, mental models and participant observation.
Small-scale fisheries, co-management, adaptive management, mental models, social learning, Mexico.
Email UAB: Laia.Darmengol@uab.cat
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