Elisa Oteros

I am interested in understanding the millenary relationships between ecosystems and humans from the Sustainability Sciences perspective. In understand sustainability as a dynamic equilibrium integrated by various social (including cultural, economic, political and institutional) and ecological dimensions. In the current context of systemic crisis (ecological, social, financial, care, etc.) and unsustainability the key leitmotifs of my work are: 1) to make visible the links between human well-being and ecosystem functioning, 2) facilitate dialogue between different forms of knowledge including scientific, traditional, local and technical and 3) generate useful information for decision-making at all scales. I am interested in the exploration of the social-ecological history and memory for the evaluation of resilience and adaptive capacity of systems when facing the effects of disturbances and drivers of change. My work has been developed mostly in agroecosystems and traditional farming practices in the Mediterranean Basin. However, given the relevance of North-South and center-periphery disequilibria for sustainability, and the associated ecological distributive associated, I try to maintain part of my research in Latin America, with attention to Colombia. In my postdoctoral phase, since October 2015 and during two years, I benefit from an Andalusia Talent Hub (Marie Curie) grant for the development of the project ““Navigating the rural-urban continuum under a social-ecological perspective”, within the Social and Participatory Action Research Group at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Seville, Spain) and the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). I also collaborate with I collaborate with the Social-ecological Systems Laboratory (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid).