Network Leaders and Participants
Simone Athayde is an interdisciplinary ecologist and an environmental anthropologist, interested in advancing collaborative research to address social-environmental problems, towards reconciling conservation and development nationally and internationally. In collaboration with other researchers, she has developed theoretical and methodological approaches for inter- and trans-disciplinary research and co-production of knowledge between the biophysical and the social sciences, as well as between indigenous and academic knowledge systems. Her fields of expertise comprise cultural resilience and heritage, biocultural diversity, ethnobotany, ethnoecology and participatory governance. In the last fifteen years, she has carried out ethnographic and participatory research among indigenous peoples in the Brazilian Amazon, as well as training and research activities in collaboration with universities, NGO’s and indigenous organizations. Currently, she is a TCD Core Faculty and the UF leader for the Amazon Dams Network, hosted in the Tropical Conservation and Development Program (TCD) in the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida, and a Guest Assistant Professor at Federal University of Tocantins in Brazil. She is also a World Social Science Fellow of the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and an expert and reviewer for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). She has earned awards from the TCD Program and from the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UF, as well as from the International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE) and from the Ministry of Culture in Brazil.
Marie-Ange Baudoin joined the African Climate & Development Initiative (ACDI), at the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2014. She is a Research Fellow and Course Convener for ACDI’s MSc/MPhil in Climate Change and Sustainable Development. Her research background and personal interests focus on human development, Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), with a specific focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining ACDI, Marie-Ange worked for 2 years at the Consortium for Capacity Building within the University of Boulder, Colorado, evaluating DRR programs for the U.S. Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) in the Horn of Africa and the Hindu-Kush-Himalaya region. She is also a Fellow of the Resilience Academy (UNU-EHS) and a Fellow of the World Social Science (IRDR-START-ISSC). Marie-Ange completed her PhD in Environmental Sciences at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, in 2012, assessing climate vulnerability and adaptation capacity among farmer’s communities in Benin. While focusing on barriers and enabler for CCA, she specifically assessed the role of civil and political institutions from the local to national levels in supporting climate adaptation among rural communities. Marie-Ange also holds a Master in Political Sciences and a Degree in Development Studies.