(Rod) R.A. Mena Fluhmann

(Rod) R.A. Mena Fluhmann

PhD-AiO Researcher International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) ISS PhD
Erasmus University Rotterdam
I 4-04
+31 70 4260504

Latest academic publication

R.A. Mena Fluhmann, D. Hilhorst & S. Melis (2017). Conflicts and disasters: an integrated debate for peacebuilding and development. (nieuwsbrief). IPRA (International Peace Research Association). (available: 30 Jan 2017).

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Rodrigo Mena is a socio-environmental researcher and consultant, working on resilience and vulnerability to disasters and conflict, as well as on applied fieldwork research. Exprience conducting fieldwork in conflict and disaster zones from South Sudan to Afghanistan. Have worked in Africa, Latin America, Europe, Oceania and Asia.

Currently he is involved in the project “When disasters meet conflict” at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. His main focus is on humanitarian aid response to disasters occurring in high-intensity conflict-affected scenarios.

For more than a decade he has worked in academia, public and private sector, government, local and international NGOs and the UN. Next to doing fieldwork in hostile, complex and remote areas, he has also led humanitarian aid groups and conducted research after the occurrence of several disasters, including earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, floods, storms and droughts.

At the academic level, he has taught at universities and is the author of articles and book chapters. His latest publications are related to resilience and vulnerability to socio-environmental disasters and conflicts; climate change, peak oil and transition strategies; urban agriculture and food security; and applied fieldwork research.

He holds degrees in Sociology (Magna Cum Laude), Political and Social Science (Cum Laude), a Master of Environments from the University of Melbourne (H1, Magna Cum Laude) and diplomas in methodology and socioenvironmental topics, including Quantitative Multivariable Analysis, Environmental Impact Assessment, Public Policy, and Sustainable Development.

In terms of applied research, Rod has experience and training in the development of fieldwork in hostile, complex and remote areas, being certified by United Nations, Red Cross, Centre for Safety and Development, GCORE, and RedR Emergency Response.

Areas of study:

  • Socio-environmental disasters and conflicts
  • Humanitarian aid
  • Environmental sociology
  • Resilience and social vulnerability
  • Urban agriculture and food security
  • Climate change, peak oil, transition strategies, environmental education and limits to growth
  • Methodology of transdisciplinary research, and
  • Research and fieldwork in hostile, complex and remote areas

Professional Associations:

  • Co-Chair, Ecology and Peace Commission (EPC), International Peace Research Association (IPRA)
  • Member, International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA)
  • Member, International Studies Association (ISA)

      • R.A. Mena Fluhmann (2015). Agricultura Urbana, reducción de la pobreza y seguridad alimentaria: Una relación compleja. In Tierra: Paisajes, suelos y biodiversidad: Desafíos para un buen vivir. Santiago, Chile: IPTCentral
      • M.J. Lemaitre & R.A. Mena Fluhmann (2012). Aseguramiento de la calidad en América Latina: tendencias y desafíos. In Educación Superior en Iberoamérica: Informe 2012 (pp. 21-72). Chile: CINDA; Universia
      • R.A. Mena Fluhmann (2012). From Rural to Ruralities: A transformation to a Territorial and Sustainable Development. In M.F. Meyer & J. Lüder (Eds.), Políticas Públicas y Economía Social de Mercado (pp. 52-65). Chile: Ed. Fundación Konrad Adenauer
      • R. Márquez, D. Flores, P. Güell, P. González, S. Godoy, R.A. Mena Fluhmann & F. Gonzalez (2008). Informe sobre Desarrollo Humano Rural en Chile. In UNDP Rural Development Report. Chile: United Nations Development Programe (UNDP)
        • R.A. Mena Fluhmann (2014). Heritage, Youth and sustainability. (Preprints). : ONG Ambientarte
        • R.A. Mena Fluhmann (2013). Urban Agriculture and Australian Food Supply Scenarios (Working Paper). (Preprints). : Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL)
        • R.A. Mena Fluhmann & J. Carbonell (2013). Estudio de Satiafaccion Usuaria. (Preprints). Santiago de Chile: Corporacion de Asistencia Judicial; Ministerio de Justicia
        • R.A. Mena Fluhmann (2011). Estudio Perfil Postulantes y Sistema Judicial. (Preprints). Chile: Corporacion de Asistencia Judicial; Ministerio de Justicia
      • R.A. Mena Fluhmann (2016, november 29). Disaster response in high-intensity conflict scenarios: Aid-Society relations, challenges and legitimacy. Freetown, Sierra Leone, IPRA 2016 General Conference on Agenda for Peace and Development.
      • R.A. Mena Fluhmann (2016, maart 7). Micro Social Conflict and Silent Disasters: two cases of community conflict during times of drought. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, World Conference on Humanitarian Studies.
      • R.A. Mena Fluhmann (2015, december 30). Crisis como oportunidad para la resiliencia social. Costa Rica, Latin American Congress of Sociology.
      • R.A. Mena Fluhmann (2015, december 3). Cambio climático como problema social: Un problema ambiental socialmente construido. Costa Rica, Latin American Congress of Sociology.
      • R.A. Mena Fluhmann (2015, oktober 27). Perspectivas socioecológicas del Agua. Chile, Seminar Cambio Climático, Recursos Hídricos Y Desarrollo.
      • R.A. Mena Fluhmann (2015, november 20). Urban Agriculture, Poverty Alleviation and Food Security: A complex relationship. Chile, Conferencia Internacional de la Tierra.
      • R.A. Mena Fluhmann (2014, oktober 15). Socio-Natural Disasters and Resilience: The case study of Valparaiso's fires in Chile, a Political Ecology review. Chile, Latin American Congress of Political Ecology.
  • PhD-AiO Researcher

    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
    ISS PhD
    +31 70 4260504
  • IPRA Ecology and Peace Commission

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    The Ecology and Peace Commission (EPC) of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) addresses the relationship between the Earth and Human systems, and their impacts on peace.
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