Federica Ravera

Researcher in ecological economics, food systems and gender

BSc in Environmental Sciences by the University of Milà Bicocca and PhD in Environmental Sciences with a specialization in Ecological Economics by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). She is currently a Ramón y Cajal researcher and coordinator of the project Agrifood Systems, Gender and Transformational Adaptation: a Systemic and intersectional approach applied in Mediterranean Context (AGATA).

She has carried out research stays at the Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds, in the United Kingdom, with a Marie-Curie Slodovoska predoctoral fellowship, and the Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of the Mediterranean, at the University of Évora, Portugal, as a postdoctoral researcher. She has also been a postdoctoral researcher at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) and at the Basque Center for Climate Change (BC3). Since 2015, she participates in the expert group of the Intergovernmental Science-*Policy Platform where Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Her research experience and action work in collaboration with communities and grassroots organizations have endowed her with a transdisciplinary profile, able to work with approaches and methods from social and natural sciences and to integrate local and indigenous knowledge systems to study the vulnerability and adaptation of rural agro-food systems in global change.

Currently, her line of research is focused on the analysis of social and institutional innovations, collective actions and the role of traditional and local knowledge in adaptation to global environmental, cultural and socioeconomic changes, especially in Mediterranean and high mountain agricultural and pastoral systems. With a feminist political ecology perspective applied to adaptation and resilience studies, her research is oriented towards understanding the power dynamics that create inequalities, and the differential conditions that create new opportunities in the transformations of rural socio-ecological systems.