Geovanna had studied Biology at the Catholic University of Ecuador. She has researched on the ecology and the socio-environmental conflictivity related to the conservation and hunting of the giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) in the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon. From her Masters on Conservation and Rural Development at the Durrel Instutute of Conservation and Ecology (Kent University), she starts researching on the rural problematic, particularly the impacts the oil palm crops expansion has on society, environment and agrifood system. During her work on the National Strategy for the Rural Good Living at the National Secretary of Planning and Development of Ecuador, she was linked with inter-institutional (public sector, NGOs, academy and social movements) processes of development of public policy related with the Rural Good Living, mainly the promotion of agroecology and food sovereignty. Since 2010 she is a member of the Agroecological Movement of Ecuador. Currently, she is researching on the viability of the Food Sovereignty in Ecuador at different scales, in a context of disputed material and in-material territories. At national level she analyses, through agrifood, social and environmental indicators, the impacts of the agroproductive policies on the food sovereignty, along the “Revolución ciudadana” Government. At the middle scale, she gets deep into the impacts the oil palm crops expansion has on territories. At local level, she analyse the role agroecology has on the processes of resistance and repeasantization in territories of agroindustry.
Intermittently she has been involved with environmental education in schools and institutes, particularly on the recycling of solid wastes, and with the Zapallo Verde Cooperative in Quito, stimulating responsible consumerism and the articulation city-country side, through the promotion of agroecological products.
Email UAB: GeovannaDelRocio.Lasso@uab.cat