Maria Andrea Nardi is an Affiliated Senior Lecturer at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. She has a PhD in Social and Economic Geography (2011) from Lund University where is currently holding faculty positions.
Dr. Maria Andrea Nardi’s research interests focus on environmental change and territorial transformations in rural areas of the Global South. Her fields of studies in environmental geography and political ecology brought her to pay attention to the conflictive dynamics between economic globalization, internal armed conflicts, unequal geographies of development and local livelihoods. Conservation and development, peace and conflict are central to her current research interest. She has many years of fieldwork experience in forest regions, particularly in South America. Her last field study took place in the Congo River basin in Cameroon´s borderlands with Nigeria.
Between 2019 and 2021 she conducted interdisciplinary research at the the RWI, studying the politics of environmental governance and peacebuilding in post-conflict Uganda. She investigated the role of human rights policy, advocacy and scholarship, in advancing environmental protection and denouncing environmental injustices in Northern Uganda.
Maria Andrea is member of the International Editorial Board of the Latin American Journal of Urban and Regional Studies (EURE), but also regular reviewer of other international journals in the fields of ecology and social sciences. Her extensive teaching experience in social sciences in diverse cultural environments made her be reflective about the need to consider critical pedagogies and participatory methodologies in higher education.
She is currently lecturer at the Department of Social Medicine and Global Health (Faculty of Medicine) and the Department of Human Geography (Faculty of Social Sciences) at Lund University.
Keywords: Environmental change, nature conservation, alternative development, rural geography, environmental justice, peacebuilding, post-conflict, globalization, critical pedagogy, human rights, and the environment