Maria Andrea Nardi

Maria Andrea Nardi

Senior Lecturer, Affiliated Senior Lecturer, Timlärare

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My research interests focus on environmental change and territorial transformations in rural areas of the Global South. My fields of studies in environmental and development geography brought me to pay attention to the conflictive dynamics between economic globalization, internal armed conflicts, unequal geographies of development and local livelihoods. Nature conservation and development, peace and conflict and human rights are central to my current research interest. 

In the interdisciplinary research I will conduct between 2023 and 2026 on Environmental Human Rights Defenders funded by FORMAS, we will look into EHRD in Colombia as agents of change at the crossroads of climate change, biodiversity and cultural conservation.

I have many years of fieldwork experience in the Global South, particularly in South America, but also in Sub-Sahara Africa.

As senior affiliate at the RWI I bring my research and teaching experience for capacity building activities in the Armenia, Zimbabwe, regional Africa and Belarus programmes.

I teach in diverse bachelor and master courses related to rural development, qualitative research methods, development in practice, ethics, human rights and HRBA to research cooperation.

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences


  • Alternative development
  • Argentina
  • Social movements
  • Latinamerica
  • Environmental geography
  • Agroecology
  • Political participation
  • Rural development
  • Territorial transformations
  • Conservation and development
  • Rural geography
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental justice
  • Human rights
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Cameroon
  • Uganda
  • Environmental Peacebuilding


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