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