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Sandra Valencia

I am a PhD candidate in Sustainability Science at LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies). I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Southern Polytechnic State University in the USA and a Master’s degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Previous to my PhD I worked for four years on climate change adaptation projects in the Latin American and Caribbean region at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC. Before the IDB, I worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as a research scientist for the Micro-pulse Lidar Network (MPLNET) project, working with the collection and analysis of aerosol and cloud data used for climate change and dust studies.

My PhD research is about exploring the vulnerabilities that the population who lives at the peri-urban interface face because of the particular characteristics of these areas as socio-environmental transition zones. Much of my research deals with the constraints and opportunities of peri-urban dwellers to access drinking water and sanitation, as well as the hydrometeorological hazards that are being both created and reduced through urbanization. My research is based on a case study of Bogotá, Colombia.

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