(Rod) RA Mena Fluhmann

(Rod) RA Mena Fluhmann
PhD Candidate International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) ISS PhD
Location
Kortenaerkade 12, 's - Gravenhage
Room
I4-04
Email
mena@iss.nl
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Rodrigo Mena is a socio-environmental researcher and consultant, working on resilience and vulnerability to disasters, conflict, humanitarian aid governance, and applied fieldwork research. Experience working and researching in conflict and disaster zones in Latin America, Europe, Oceania and Asia, including South Sudan, Chile and Afghanistan.

Currently, he is involved in the project “When disasters meet conflict” at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam, working with Prof. Dr.

Rodrigo Mena is a socio-environmental researcher and consultant, working on resilience and vulnerability to disasters, conflict, humanitarian aid governance, and applied fieldwork research. Experience working and researching in conflict and disaster zones in Latin America, Europe, Oceania and Asia, including South Sudan, Chile and Afghanistan.

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

Rod is Board Member of the International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA), convener of the Ecology, Conflict Risks, Forced Migration & Peace (ECR-FMP) commission, International Peace Research Association (IPRA), and Board Member of the ISS Blog on Global Development and Social Justice (BLISS)

For more than a decade he has worked in academia, public and private sector, government, local and international NGOs and United Nations (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 humanitarian aid and disaster risk reduction (DRR) and response in places affected by high levels of conflict. Previous research also focused on 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 socio-environmental topics, including Quantitative Multivariable Analysis, Environmental Impact Assessment, Public Policy, and Sustainable Development.

Regarding 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:

  • Board Member, International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA)
  • Convener and Managing Coordinator of the Ecology, Conflict Risks, Forced Migration & Peace (ECR-FMP) commission, International Peace Research Association (IPRA)
  • Member, International Studies Association (ISA)
  • Editorial Board Member, ISS Blog on Global Development and Social Justice (BLISS)

Address

Visiting address

Kortenaerkade 12 2518 AX 's - Gravenhage

Postal address

Postbus 29776 2502 LT 's-Gravenhage